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NKS Programme Area:NKS-R
Research Area:Organisation and safety culture
Report Number:NKS-29
Report Title:Organisationskulturen inom den finländska Strålsäkerhetscentralens (STUK) avdelning för övervakning av kärnkraftverk. Organisational culture at the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland's department of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
Activity Acronym:SOS-1
Authors: , Leena Norros
Abstract:A case study to investigate the organisational culture of the regulatory authority was conducted at the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland’s (STUK) Nuclear Reactor Regulation (YTO) -- department. Organisational culture is defined as a pattern of shared basic assumptions, which are basically unconscious. Objectives of the study were to conceptualise and describe the main characteristics of YTO’s organisational culture and to carry out a tentative core task analysis of the inspectors’ work. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was used in the research. YTO’s culture was identified as a hierarchy-focused culture with less emphasis on innovation or social support. However, the ideal values of the personnel emphasised also social support and goal setting. Ambiguous goals were felt by some personnel as increased uncertainty about the meaningfulness of one’s job. Also a lack of feedback was mentioned. The core task analysis identified the critical functions of the regulatory practice. These functions specify the three roles of the regulatory authority, the expert role, the public role and the authority role. The culture must support the fulfilment of the requirements of all the three roles. Development needs in YTO’s culture were identified and recommendations were made.
Publication date:01 Mar 2001
ISBN:ISBN: 87-7893-080-4
Number of downloads:2424
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