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 Chasing shared understanding in drilling operations


Lack of shared understanding is frequently found to be the main cause when accidents are investigated. Still, few studies explicitly explore and document the causal effects of shared understanding in successful work.
Thus, the attribution of insufficient shared understanding as an accident cause lacks the substantiation of shared understanding as a contributor to successful work. In this article a case of measurement discrepancies in an offshore drilling operation is studied, and in the elaboration of the case shared understanding is found not to qualify as a condition with significant impact on the collaborative work.
One important reason for this is the epistemological inadequacy of the different concepts of shared understanding. Although more critical research on shared understanding is needed before one can conclude more generic on this topic, the findings are important to the current development of Integrated Operations where shared understanding is pointed out as an important target area.



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