Sustainable Safety Leadership

Date of Award


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


Davin J. Carr-Chellman


Organizations in the motor vehicle body manufacturing industry continue to see workplace injury persistence. Evidently, the current execution of industry accepted proactive safety models are ineffective, driven by the lack of applied leadership concepts. A mixed-methods insider participatory action research approach was taken utilizing a synthesized Leadership Questionnaire (LQ) and semi-structured interviews. A total of 177 participants completed the LQ and 9 participants were interviewed. The data indicated relationships between leadership concepts, safety performance and an understanding of proactive safety, organizational prioritization, and leadership safety influence. These results informed a detailed action plan framework, the Sustainable Safety Leadership Plan (SSLP), for organizational deployment. The objectives of the SSLP framework are a precise SSLP training workshop, community proactive safety feedback loop establishment and launch of a single proactive safety key performance indicator (KPI).


Occupational Health, Environmental Health, Department of Educational Administration., Safety Leadership, Occupational Safety, Industrial Safety, Action Research, Leadership Theory

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