In this paper, differences in the assessment of mission risks and mission beneﬁts between operators and members of the management level in the transport helicopter branch of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) are studied. Results were obtained from a risk analysis that was conducted in accordance with RNLAF procedures. The analysis suggests that the two organizational levels have a coherent perception on risks despite their hierarchical position. Perceived measures of control – controllability – seem to induce the inclusion or the exclusion of what is appeared to be a risk. The analysis also suggests that risk management tools may obscure these perceptual differences. Risk management tools may therefore not be sufﬁcient to attain safe operations. In discussions and future studies on risk management and on hierarchical differences in risk perception, this is something to take well notice of. Also, managers and others involved in risk management need to recognize the implications of using risk management instruments that are based on simpliﬁed models of risk. This research adds to the risk management theory because it connects multi-dimensional risk theory with actual organizational risk management practice.
Risk assessments at the Royal Netherlands Air Force: An explorative study (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/231180836_Risk_assessments_at_the_Royal_Netherlands_Air_Force_An_explorative_study [accessed May 18, 2016].