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Team Resource Management (TRM): A Tavistock approach to leadership in high-risk environments

Fraher, Amy L.


Amy L. Fraher


The purpose of this article is to build upon the study of organizational disaster by analysing essential elements of a new team training model called Team Resource Management (TRM). Reviewing the history and methods of Crew Resource Management (CRM), a popular aviation training programme that has spread to other high-risk, high-hazard industries, the article considers its roots in American sensitivity training and identifies a need for a Tavistock-based approach to team training. The article argues that effective leadership training for teams operating in high-risk environments depends on developing events that can foster an examination of authority issues, illuminating both overt and covert group processes that can impede decision-making, and proposes seven guideposts to assist in programme development.


Fraher, A. L. (2005). Team Resource Management (TRM): A Tavistock approach to leadership in high-risk environments. Organisational and Social Dynamics, 5(2), 163-182

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Journal Organisational and Social Dynamics
Print ISSN 1474-2780
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 163-182
Keywords Team Resource Management, TRM, Tavistock institute, leadership, high-risk environments
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