Reviewing High Reliability Team (HRT) Scholarship: A 21st Century Approach to Safety

Amber Lynn Scott, William T. Howe, Ryan Bisel

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High reliability team (HRT) theorizing emerged from high reliability organization (HRO) theory and now represents a distinct subset of HRO literature. Seeking to capture the development and range of HRT research, a comprehensive literature review was conducted. This systematic review of HRT scholarship, the first of its kind, provides a foundation from which small group and team scholars across disciplines may reflect on key lessons and chart future research. This review includes 71 articles across 21 disciplines and incorporates historical reflection on HRT theory foundations, existing empirical support, critiques and rivals, theory extensions, and ideas for future scholarship efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-40
Number of pages38
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023

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  • high reliability organization
  • high reliability team
  • high reliability theory
  • team safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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