Sociotechnical Systems, Risk, and Error

Alex Kirlik

in Human-Tech

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765140
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863358 | DOI:

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

Sociotechnical Systems, Risk, and Error

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This chapter presents the reprinted article “The Walkerton E. coli outbreak: a test of Rasmussen's framework for risk management in a dynamic society” by Kim J. Vicente and Klaus Christoffersen. The chapter provides a very detailed application of a risk management framework developed by Jens Rasmussen. The chapter uses this framework to mine a case study for insights into factors contributing to the failure of a complex, sociotechnical system, one resulting in numerous deaths and other tragic consequences.

Keywords: risk management; Jens Rasmussen; sociotechnical system; case study; deaths

Chapter.  10568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Engineering (General)

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