Supply chains, maintenance and safety in the Australian airline industry

Gregson, Sarah, Hampson, Ian, Junor, Anne, Fraser, Doug, Quinlan, Michael and Williamson, Ann (2015) Supply chains, maintenance and safety in the Australian airline industry. Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (4) . pp. 604-623. ISSN 0022-1856 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0022185615582234)


This article examines potential regulatory and safety problems arising from the outsourcing and offshoring of heavy aircraft maintenance. We raise questions about the advisability of using increasingly complex supply chains in the aircraft maintenance industry where safety standards are paramount. Greater disarticulation of maintenance work makes regulatory oversight more convoluted and expensive to do thoroughly and
transparently. Using a Pressure, Disorganisation and Regulatory Failure model, the article highlights how new work arrangements involving increased use of supply chains are
developing more quickly than adequate airline, union and regulator responses to the safety problems engendered by those changes. In often heated industrial debates between licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs) and airline managers about business needs and safety, we urge that more attention be paid to LAME concerns about outsourcing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print July 8, 2015.
Special Issue: Supply Chains, HRM and Labour Standards, Online ISSN: 1472-9296
Keywords (uncontrolled): Aviation, aircraft maintenance engineers, regulation, safety, outsourcing, licensing, supply chains
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 17350
Depositing User: Bernadett Dunn
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:25

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