Bernadette Lake, PhD

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Year graduated: 2010 (PhD - first to graduate through the I/O PhD program at SMU); 2005 (MSc)

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Fleming

Dissertation: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Perceptions of Safety Climate and Organizational Justice 

Key take-home messages from your dissertation: 

  • There is a complicated and important predictive relationship  between employee perceptions of organizational fairness and safety climate.

  • There are broader non safety related concepts/constructs which have the potential to influence safety related outcomes.

  • It is important for organizations to understand as many of these factors as possible in order to positively influence safety outcomes.   

What have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduation I have been working in both the public and private sector supporting organizations  to provide the evidence and information needed to inform  decision making and best practice as it relates to safety.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Co-authoring the HR textbook “Management of Occupational Health And Safety” with Drs Kevin Kelloway and Lori Francis. 

What type of projects are you working on?
I am currently working on the development of structured systems based approach to managing some of the challenges experienced by Home Care Service Providers.

Advice/Best practices?
Organizational problems are complex in nature and require systems based thinking. Employee involvement, strong leadership and systems thinking are keys to continuous safety improvement.