John Duske

John Duske


John graduated with a Bachelor of Aviation Management with Honours. Currently an Air Traffic Controller at the Auckland International Airport, he has 40 years experience in ATC is a ATC Examiner & Instructor and a licensed Commercial Pilot.

Thesis Title

The Management of Changing Knowledge: Forgetting To-Be-Forgotten Information


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Research Interests/Area of Thesis

This thesis will examine how knowledge is forgotten or unlearned in a safety related environment, e.g., air traffic control, when the knowledge base has been used and acted upon for significant periods of time.

Three related research questions will be researched as they apply to the management of an organisation's knowledge and how individuals manage knowledge through remembering cues and forgetting cues:

  1. How is organisation knowledge in an Air Traffic Control (ATC) organisation forgotten or unlearned when the knowledge base has been used and acted upon for significant periods of time.
  2. What systems and processes can ATC implement to minimise accidental/unauthorised knowledge forgetting and maximise planned/purposeful knowledge forgetting?
  3. What means are available to Air Traffic Controllers to use to set aside, segregate, erase, or inhibit out-of-date information and replace it with current updated information?


Duske, J. (2002). Preventing operations on closed runways. Paper presented at the 2002 Regional Seminar of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Air Safety Investigators.

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