When the Unexpected Attacks

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Abstract

The unexpected can hit any one of us, any organization or even any country, in just a fraction of second but it can cause damage for centuries to come. Take the disaster at Fukushima as example, and see how a natural event such as an earthquake that led to a tsunami can cause such great devastation to that specific area of Japan, and the consequences for the environment and society for years and centuries to come. In the Fukushima disaster we have several different kinds of unexpected events: natural, as the earthquake and the tsunami, industrial, as the nuclear power plant failure, and environmental with the nuclear disaster. The concept of unexpected is broad and considers phenomena such as financial, natural, human, industrial, or environmental. This project is part of a Doctoral thesis in progress that aims to explore how organizations learn by transforming negative events like crises and unexpected events with negative effects into positive achievements. This study aims to explore the diversity of unexpected events that might occur and to establish existing similarities and differences between them, following a systematic approach to the subject. The data are still being collected and analyzed, preliminary results and conclusions being presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHO 2012: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HYGIENE
EditorsP Arezes, JS Baptista, MP Barroso, P Carneiro, P Cordeiro, N Costa, R Melo, AS Miguel, GP Perestrelo
PublisherPORTUGUESE SOC OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HYGIENE
Pages428-432
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event8th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO) - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 9 Feb 201210 Feb 2012

Conference

Conference8th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO)
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period9/02/1210/02/12

Keywords

  • Unexpected events
  • Crisis
  • Disasters

Cite this

Oliveira, M. J., & Cunha, R. (2012). When the Unexpected Attacks. In P. Arezes, JS. Baptista, MP. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, R. Melo, AS. Miguel, ... GP. Perestrelo (Eds.), SHO 2012: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HYGIENE (pp. 428-432). PORTUGUESE SOC OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HYGIENE.