Confucius in western cockpits: The investigation of long-term versus short-term orientation culture and aviation accidents

Wen Chin Li, Don Harris

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Abstract

This research applies the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System and Hofsted's fifth dimension of national culture (Confucian- long-term versus short-term orientation) to compare accident patterns between the US and Taiwan. Asia and Africa have higher accident rates than Europe or America. There are also fundamental differences between Chinese and Western minds. These variations suggest that there should be fundamental, underlying factors causing these differences. Several studies have investigated the relationship between culture and accidents however, no research has investigated Chinese culture and accidents. The findings clearly show different patterns in the human factors causes underlying aviation accidents in these different regions. It could even be argued that the accident analysis system itself has an implicit cultural bias within it, as HFACS was a product of Western culture. Global aviation is strongly influenced by the Western culture, however, the safety challenge is to manage the potential risks it may present.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, EPCE 2007. Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Proceedings
EditorsDon Harris
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages716-722
Number of pages7
Volume4562 LNAI
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73331-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73330-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2007 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4562 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2007
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period22/07/0727/07/07

Keywords

  • Accident investigation
  • Confucian
  • Cross-culture
  • Human error
  • Human factors analysis and classification system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Li, W. C., & Harris, D. (2007). Confucius in western cockpits: The investigation of long-term versus short-term orientation culture and aviation accidents. In D. Harris (Ed.), Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 7th International Conference, EPCE 2007. Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Proceedings (Vol. 4562 LNAI, pp. 716-722). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4562 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73331-7_78