National culture and safe work practice — A comparison between Filipinos and Norwegian seafaring professionals

  • Gunnar Martin Lamvik
  • Rolf Bye


This paper discuss the apparently differences in occupational accidents between Norwegian and Filipino seafarers. This difference is explained by using the concepts of national culture and work practice. The Norwegian cultural system emphasise the work performance in it self. The Filipino seafarers incorporate the obligations towards the family into their daily life on board. This cultural difference seems to have unintentional effects on the rate of occupational accidents.


Work Practice National Culture Occupational Accident Personal Initiative Merchant Ship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Martin Lamvik
    • 1
  • Rolf Bye
    • 2
  1. 1.SINTEF Industrial Management — New PraxisTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Science and Technology — Studio AperturaTrondheimNorway

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