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Dov Zohar

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology


Dov Zohar received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Maryland in 1975. Since then he has been at the Faculty of IE & Management at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where he is now a Full Professor. Dov Zohar published the original paper on Safety Climate in 1980, which defined the concept and offered a measurement scale whose original and newer versions have become the standard in this field. Since then, Dov has conducted numerous research and consulting projects in countries around the globe. His recent work focuses on development of a conceptual model linking organizational culture and climate; testing the incremental effect of industry-specific safety climate scales; new strategies for safety leadership and safety climate improvement; and the effect of sustainability policy-practice gaps (de-coupling) on relevant organizational performance such as employee safety & health, diversity & inclusion, or justice & ethics. Dov’s work has won the Human Factors & Ergonomics Awards for the Outstanding Scientific Contribution in 1981 and 1982; APA/CDC Best Safety Intervention Awards in 2003 and 2013; and the American Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was also elected as Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Visiting positions held include: Research Associate at the Tavistock Institute (London), Institute for Work and Health (Toronto), Research Institute for Safety (Boston), National Research Center for the Working Environment (Denmark), and Visiting Professorships at the University of Maryland, University of Calgary, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, and University of Southern California.

Research Interest

Development of new intervention strategies based on modification of managerial practices as leverage for improving organizational climates for (worker & patient) safety, creativity/innovation, and workforce diversity/inclusion Social network characteristics among workgroup members as factors affecting the strength of safety climate and safety outcomes in high-risk occupations Development of multi-level, industry-specific organizational climate scales for (worker & patient) safety, creativity, ethics, and diversity Measurement and modification of policy-practice gaps (de-coupling) affecting organizational sustainability (e.g. socially desirable climates for safety, diversity, or ethics)

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