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2014 Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change

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Invited Paper Session #5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Using Behavioral Science in Marathon Petroleum to Impact the Industry, its Contractors, and Region

Friday, May 23, 2014
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.
Chair: Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
KEVIN BOGARD (Marathon Petroleum)
Kevin Bogard is the general manager of Marathon Petroleum's Robinson Illinois Refinery. He has 25 years of experience with Marathon and has held many positions of escalating responsibility in technical, economic, and leadership positions. Mr. Bogard has worked at five different sites across Marathon's Refining Division where behavior-based safety programs were being used to shape the safety culture and drive performance to a point where "nobody gets hurt." He is focused on using the same scientific approaches used to drive the Robinson Refinery's personal safety performance that has achieved industry leading levels of performance, toward other key performance areas across the refinery.

Marathon Petroleum, Illinois Refining Division (IRD), adopted a behavioral science approach to its safety operations becoming one of the first sites accredited for its behavioral safety program by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS). With this success came the challenge to use behavioral science to impact the company, its contractors, and its region. Subsequently, Marathon's refining division now has three refining divisions' behavioral safety programs accredited by the Cambridge Center. The Illinois Refining Division led its contractors in adopting behavioral safety leading to nearly half of them receiving accreditation themselves. Evidence indicates that the contracting workforce adopts its behavioral safety best practices in other regional businesses as well. Therefore, the Illinois Refining Division has embarked on efforts to teach behavioral science to regional industry to broaden its impact. This talk will review the growth of behavioral science within Marathon Petroleum and its outreach efforts as well as introduce some new areas of application within other business systems.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in learning about a behavioral science approach to safety operations.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming. 
Keyword(s): behavioral science, Leadership Seminar, safety programs



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