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The research design applied in this thesis consist of an embedded multiple case study design. This means that there are multiple units of analysis and multiple case studies performed for collecting data. In this research, distinct sub-units in four different business processes will be studied. The first case study will be centred on a pesticide company in The Netherlands and can be seen as a first test of the hypothesis stated in Chapter 3 and the designed concepts and approach of Chapter 4. The other three case studies focus on multi-nationals with products such as: pharmaceuticals, coatings, and plastics.

The higher the star (*) rating, the higher the richness of information present inside the database, as shown in Table 4 from the instruction manual of the FACTS database (FACTS, 2002). Table 4 Code * ** *** **** ***** Detail levels of information in FACTS (FACTS, 2002). Explanation Generally only one source available. Some facts and consequences are given. Reconstruction of the accident is barely possible. Generally only one source available. Some facts and consequences are given. Approximate reconstruction of the accident is possible.

Please note that this figure does not represent the geographical distribution of all accidents in the world, it merely represents a sub selection of FACTS accidents. Asia Australia 4% 3% Europe 20% North-America 73% Figure 12 Geographical distribution of investigated accidents. To provide some additional information regarding the 70 accidents, the activity or ‘mode of operation’ during which the accidents occurred is shown in Figure 13. , 1999), generally similar ratios between modes of operation and maintenance/cleaning were found when an accident occurred.

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