United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

G. Kenneth Koves

G. Kenneth Koves, Ph.D. is a thought leader, researcher, and global resource regarding nuclear safety culture.  He is currently a senior program manager in Organization and Human Performance at the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).  He received his B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. 

During his seven year tenure at Sprint as a Sr. Organization Development Consultant, Dr. Koves specialized in the areas of organization culture assessment and change, strategic direction and alignment, organization structure design, and survey development/administration. 

During the past eight years at INPO, he has worked with nuclear power plants to validly define and reliably measure the construct of safety culture.  He is a leader and group facilitator who is collaboratively creating a common language framework for nuclear safety culture both domestically and internationally.  His current research efforts are targeted at more effectively defining the relationship between nuclear safety culture and power plant safety and performance.  Recent presentations on nuclear safety culture have been to the G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group and the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards subcommittee on Reliability and Probabilistic Risk Assessment. 

He leads domestic and international workshops on defining and assessing safety culture both within the USA and around the world.  Within the past 24 months he has presented to groups in China, Austria, Spain, India, and the US with additional webinars in Russia and Switzerland.

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