Drifting into failure: theorising the dynamics of disaster incubation

Dekker, Sidney and Pruchnicki, Shawn (2014) Drifting into failure: theorising the dynamics of disaster incubation. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 15 6: 534-544. doi:10.1080/1463922X.2013.856495

Author Dekker, Sidney
Pruchnicki, Shawn
Title Drifting into failure: theorising the dynamics of disaster incubation
Journal name Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-536X
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1463922X.2013.856495
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 534
End page 544
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Abstract Ergonomic theory holds that accidents are preceded by periods of gradually increasing (but essentially unrecognised) risk, known originally in man-made disaster theory as the incubation period. This paper discusses the theorising of the dynamics of such accident incubation. It considers theoretical contributions – ranging from high-reliability to control theory to resilience engineering – for their ability to illuminate the driving forces behind a gradual shift in norms and erosion of safety margins, and for their ability to effectively track and represent such changes over time.
Keyword Accidents
Drift into failure
Control theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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