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Behavioural insights and organisations : fostering safety culture.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2020.
157 pages : color illustrations, tables ; 28 cm
Force and energy
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Behavioural insights (BI) has become widely used by public bodies around the world, mostly towards improving the way policies are implemented and influencing individual behaviour. As the field of BI evolves to tackle more complex policy issues, there is widespread perception that BI can and should go beyond the study of individual-level decision processes for higher impact. This report presents research on applying BI to changing the behaviour of organisations, with a focus on fostering elements of a safety culture in the energy sector. It presents comparative findings from experiments with energy regulators in Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Oman, as well as guidance for applying BI to safety culture going forward.
Includes bibliographical references.
Abbreviations and acronyms
From individuals to organisations: The impact of organisational behaviour on public policy and regulation
Fostering elements of safety culture in the energy sector through behavioural insights
Guidance for policy makers: Towards a toolkit for fostering safety culture
1 Overview and guidance for policy makers
Applying behavioural insights in public policy: from individuals to organisations
Impacts of organisational behaviour on public policy and regulation.
Applying BI to organisational behaviour: origins of the safety culture project
Fostering elements of safety culture in the energy sector: Overview and key results for Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Oman
Overview of the project
Testing BI applied to safety culture in a two-phased approach
Phase 1: Experiments in Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Oman
Phase 2: Experiments with registered electrical contractors and gas installers in Ireland
Summary of the results and lessons learned for Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Oman
Utilise a multi-staged process for applying behavioural insights
Understand the group you are trying to influence
1. Perceived level of safety culture of organisations and sector
2. Role and status of individuals within organisations
3. Type and size of the organisation
Apply the behavioural insights principles most effectively
5. Implementation intention
Acknowledge the limitations
Build on the results with future research
1. Improving our understanding of direct effects
2. Improving our understanding of the mechanism behind effects
2 Beyond the individual: why and how behavioural insights can be applied to organisational behaviour
Applying Behavioural Insights to Organisations: Theoretical Foundations
Methods for applying behavioural insights to organisational behaviour
Define, Diagnose, Design, Test
Behavioural design thinking
Organisational behaviour through individuals: 8 things psychology tells us about work and organisational behaviour
1. Rewards can motivate and backfire
2. There is more to work motivation than monetary rewards and incentives
3. Goal-setting is an important motivational tool
4. Performance management requires good feedback, which necessitates good data
5. Not every performance problem is a motivational problem
6. A positive work cycle can be strategically created by aligning individual and organisational goals
7. Data drives better decisions at work. Data science can help
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