The Mining Experience: A Case Study

By Aspa Sarris.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This study examined the experiences and attitudes of mining personnel towards living and working in a remote fly-in fly-out Australian mining site. This study used a semi-structured interview administered to 39 men and 5 women who were employees of the mining organisation. On the basis of a thematic analysis of interview data, two recurring and pervasive themes were identified: (i) reference to friendships and team work and the opportunity to undertake different work in a remote setting as the best aspect of their experience, and (ii) reference to the harsh physical conditions, long working hours and the need to live and work away from home for extended periods of time as the worst aspect of the experience. These themes are discussed within the context of the organisation’s culture and implications for personnel selection and recruitment procedures are considered.

Keywords: Organisational Culture, Isolated Confined and Extreme Environments

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.81-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 613.390KB).

Dr. Aspa Sarris

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Aspa Sarris, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia where she now lectures in psychology at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Sarris has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and reports, including in national and international academic journals such as Environment and Behaviour, Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, The Australian Journal of Psychology, and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology. Her specific areas of research expertise include organisational selection and assessment, organisational culture, factors affecting individual and organisational well-being, and the functioning of work groups and teams in isolated, confined and extreme environments.


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