The key research question is: How can operational resilience capabilities be created or reinforced through training activities for managers and operational personnel, addressing everyday as well as emergency situations? The objective of adding resilience as an operational capability reflects the need for additional capacities to manage variability and cope with surprise, but also embodies the awareness of resilience as a fallible practice. The exertion and management of resilience can however not evade the imperative of compliance that pervades regulations, management styles and procedures in most industries. As resilience embodies an alternative way of thinking about safety, the adoption of resilience-based adaptive principles will create friction. Hence, reaching this target demands a continuous process of reconciliation and reflection that may manifest differently at the operational and the managerial level, and in which TORC training is exercised on the basis of rules and procedures.
The most tangible outcome of the project will be the TORC concept and the generic and validated training framework that can be easily operationalized into practical and effective training programs.
Scientific disciplines: sociology, psychology
The TORC project will deliver innovative training frameworks and methods that facilitate sustained development and management of operational resilience capabilities that make safety management more adaptive and reliable under uncertain and shifting circumstances.
The expected outcomes will enable participating companies to sustain safe operation in turbulent environments and achieve a substantial degree of justified confidence in their resilient capabilities. Resilience-based training improves the capacity to deal safely with complex technologies, improves work conditions and learning, facilitates empowerment and reduce fatigue and boredom. A vision of a resilient future will generate challenging and innovative work, contributing to employment attractiveness and improved market positions. Participating companies will be more able to articulate and justify their adaptive strategies in relation to regulators, and more able to incorporate resilience in their safety principles and policies. Improved resilience capabilities will therefore be interesting and valuable for a wide range of stakeholders; regulators, owners, shareholders, management, employees, customers and suppliers. Other stakeholders may learn from reported experiences.
The project is structured around 6 work packages:
Tor Olav Grøtan (SINTEF, Norway) — project coordinator
Johan Van der Vorm (TNO, The Netherlands)
Luigi Macchi (Dédale, France)
|Duration||2014-06 to 2016-12|
Information last updated on 2016-10-14.
Return to the list of projects.