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Peter Madsen

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources,

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Dr. Peter M. Madsen (PhD UC Berekeley, 2006) is a professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at BYU’s Marriott School of Business. His research focuses on employee health and safety, organizational change management, and organizational learning from accidents, incidents, and near misses. Much of his work centers on how organizations can draw lessons from accidents and near accidents and enact change based on those lessons to improve subsequent employee safety. Madsen’s work has been published in top management and safety journals, including: Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Harvard Business Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Risk Management, and Quality and Safety in Health Care. Madsen’s scholarship has recieved several awards, including:Western Academy of Management Ascendent Scholar, Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellowship, Academy of Management Meetings Best Paper, and Western Academy of Management Best Paper.

Madsen’s teaches courses on human resource management, organizational behavior, change management, and crisis management at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA levels. He also teaches corporate trainings and consults on these topics, as well as safety enhancement and organizational learning. Madsen has conducted training, consulting, and applied research projects with many large private, public, and government organizations, including: American Express, Belcan, Boeing, Infrabel, Microsoft, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orange S.A., PCC Airfoils, Pratt & Whitney, ProRail, Statoil, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Selected Publications

  • "Take your time? The effects of organizational learning on the timing of organizational performance attempts", Organization Science, Edition 5, Volume 33, 2022
  • "When the Truth Hurts: Performance Perception Inaccuracy and Organizational Learning", Academy of Management Proceedings, Edition 1, Volume 2020, Page 18007, 2020
  • "No Firm is an Island: The Role of Population-Level Actors in Organizational Learning from Failure", Organization Science, 2018
  • "Organizational Learning from Failure: Present Theory and Future Inspirational Inquiries", The Oxford Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning, Oxford University Press, 2018
  • "Goal Conflicts in High-Reliability Organizations", From High Reliability to Reliable Organizing: A Handbook, Stanford University Press, 2017
  • "Organizational Learning and Reliability", From High Reliability to Reliable Organizing: A Handbook, Stanford University Press, 2017
  • "Airline Safety Improvement through Experience with Near-Misses: A Cautionary Tale", Risk Analysis, Volume 36(5), Pages 1054-1066, 2016
  • "Organizational Correctives for Improving Recognition of Near-Miss Events", Journal of Management, Volume 42(3), Pages 671-697, 2016
  • "The Robust Beauty of “Little Ideas”: The Past and Future of “A Behavioral Theory of the Firm", Journal of Management Inquiry, 2015
  • "The first 50 years and the next 50 years of A Behavioral Theory of the Firm: An interview with James G. March.", Journal of Management Inquiry, 2015
  • "Faster-Better-Cheaper Projects: Too Much Risk or Over-reaction to Perceived Failure?", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 2015
  • "Do Socially Responsible Firms Pay their Executives More or Less? A Stakeholder Management Perspective on the Link between Social Performance and Executive Compensation", Business Ethics Quarterly, 2014
  • "Perils and profits: A re-examination of the link between profitability and safety in U.S. aviation", Journal of Management, 2013
  • "Emerging Design Methods and Tools in Collaborative Product Development", Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, ASME, 2013
  • "High Reliability Organizations (HROs) in Health Care", Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety, Second Edition, Pascal Carayon, 2011
  • "Preventing catastrophe by learning from near-misses", Harvard Business Review, 2011
  • "Failing to Learn? The Effects of Failure and Success on Organizational Learning in the Global Orbital Launch Vehicle Industry", Academy of Management Journal, Edition 3, Volume 53, Pages 451-476, 2010
  • "Does FDI Drive a "Race to the Bottom" in Environmental Regulation? A Reexamination Building on the Resource-based View", Academy of Management Journal, Volume 52, Pages 1297-1318, 2009
  • "These Lives will not be Lost in Vain: Organizational Learning from Direct and Vicarious Experience with Disasters and Minor Accidents in U.S. Coal Mining", Organization Science, Volume 20, Pages 861-875, 2009
  • "ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AS A LINK BETWEEN CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE", Academy of Management Meeting, Volume 2008, Page 6, Academy of Management Proceedings, Philadelphia. PA, 2008
  • "Employing Adaptive Structuring as a Cognitive Decision Aid in High Reliability Organizations", The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making, Oxford University Press, London, Gerard P. Hodgkinson and William H. Starbuck, 2008
  • "Organizational Sensemaking during Crisis", The International Handbook of Organizational Crisis Management, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, C. Pearson, C. Roxe-Dufort, and J. Claire, 2007
  • "Reliability Enhancement and Demise at Back Bay Medical Center's Children's Hospital", Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety, 2006
  • "Designing for high reliability: The birth and evolution of a pediatric intensive care unit", Organization Science, Volume 17, Pages 239-248, Institute of Management Sciences, Providence, R.I., 2006
  • "Measuring Organizational Safety and Effectiveness at NASA", Engineering Management Journal, Volume 17, Pages 18-26, American Society for Engineering Management, 2005
  • "The Space Between in Space Transportation: A Relational Analysis of the Failure of STS 107", Organization at the Limit: Lessons from the Columbia Disaster, 2005
  • "Organizational Learning from Failure: Present Theory and Future Inspirational Inquiries", The Oxford Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning, Oxford University Press


  • Fulbright Research Award, Fulbright Organization, 2022
  • Western Academy of Management Best Paper Award, Western Academy of Management, 2014
  • Ascendent Scholar Award, Western Academy of Managemenet, 2013
  • Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Finalist, Academy of Management Journal, 2010


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