AGENCY FOR A SYSTEMIC COMPREHENSION OF WORK ACCIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL ANOMALIES

Abstract Analyses of work accidents and organizational anomalies are traditionally based on external consultancy, or internal or external analysis, which generally fails in terms of the engagement and involvement of internal actors during the diagnosis or creating solutions. This paper aims to analyze if the interventionist method called Change Laboratory used in the analysis of organizational determinants and latent conditions of work accidents promotes agency and expansive learning of the involved actors, contributing to visualize/construct possible changes in the conception and development of the activity of construction of large buildings. Six sessions of Change Laboratory were analyzed to identify the micro-cycles of learning, facilitated by series of double stimulation. The sessions led to the engagement of the actors who created their own artefacts or appropriated the concepts or models, such as the timeline of the airport building, vicious circle, activity system, contradictions identified in origin of the anomalies and the possible solutions for future building projects. The study showed that the Change Laboratory can be used in systemic analysis of work accidents and anomalies. It is a powerful instrument for organizational collective learning when the group of actors becomes involved at comprehending, analyzing and creating solutions.