Reference : Organisational risk perception and transformations in India’s nuclear establishment
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Organisational risk perception and transformations in India’s nuclear establishment
Wong, Catherine mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Journal of Risk Research
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United Kingdom
[en] risk governance ; nuclear energy ; Organisations
[en] The discourse on nuclear power and risk has shifted over the last few decades from security concerns emanating from nuclear weapons to threats to public safety in the event of industrial nuclear accidents. While the main focus of exist- ing scholarship has been on public risk perceptions, comparatively little is known about organisational risk perceptions and the factors that influence organ- isations’ willingness to accept the incalculable risks of nuclear power. This paper provides insights into how the nuclear establishment in India thinks about risk. Drawing on interviews with the senior management of nuclear organisations, the analysis shows that organisational risk perception is not merely a human con- struct or the outcome of simple technical cost-benefit rationalities. It is the result of interactions between material and ideational conditions of risk. These condi- tions are expressed through three core organisational narratives: (1) the growth imperative, (2) technological nationalism and (3) faith in systems and technol- ogy. While there is generally a strong consensus on these narratives within and among the nuclear organisations in India, the data also show that organisations are not homogenous entities. Instances of self-critique and reflexivity exist which could open new spaces for change towards a more inclusive organisational dis- course on nuclear risk in India.
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