9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN08 Disaster and Social Crisis

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Maintaining Safety in the Risk Society Building AA, AA.226

An account of scientific transfer to the industry: the co-development of an incident analysis tool

This paper is an account of scientific transfer to, and co-development with,
a commercial organization. The context is that of safety management of an
energy distribution network. A company called EnergyCo approached the authors
about their need of an incident analysis method. The company wanted a tool that
would help them better capture the causes of incidents during maintenance
operations on their network. The expertise they particularly asked for was that
of human factors; an angle to work analysis they valued but had not been able
to deploy at the time. Beyond the mere technical contents of the tool that was developed,
we wish to provide an account of the various transactions, exchanges and
collaborations that took place during the development of

this method.
We will
highlight a particular angle of scientific transfer: co-development. In doing
so, we will try to convey the message that scientific transfer goes beyond a
mere "push" model. Indeed, we are of the opinion that in the case of
the development of a method for the industry, transfer can be turned very
productively into a co-development collaboration.