Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Normalization of Deviance in Mining Engineering
by Mitchell, Trent Russell, M.S., The University of Utah, 2017, 92; 10603711
Abstract (Summary)

Normalization of deviance has been thoroughly studied and proven to have a dramatic impact on the medical industry, particularly in the field of anesthesiology, and for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Few such studies have been conducted in the mining industry. This research was designed to show whether normalization of deviance is occurring within the subculture of mining engineers.

This research project was based on a cross-sectional surveillance of a group of mining engineers and consultants belonging to the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

There were three hypotheses for this research: 1) there is a correlation between ethics, compensation, risk tolerance, and normalization of deviance; 2) there are either positive or negative associations between each of the independent variables—ethics, compensation, and risk tolerance—to the dependent variable—normalization of deviance; 3) the data would make it possible to predict normalization of deviance among mining engineers. All three hypotheses were proven true in this study.

This research is important because it shows that normalization of deviance exists among mining engineers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nelson, Michael G.
Commitee: Baucom, Brian R., Rogers, W. Pratt
School: The University of Utah
Department: Mining Engineering
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Ethics, Mining
Keywords: Compensation, Mining engineering, Normalization of deviance, Risk tolerance
Publication Number: 10603711
ISBN: 978-0-355-36342-5
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