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Overview

The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to resilience engineering of systems, covering both the theoretical and practical aspects. It is written for people who, as part of their work, are responsible for system safety on managerial or operational levels alike. Resilience Engineering will be directly relevant to professionals such as safety managers and engineers (line and maintenance), security experts, risk and safety consultants, human factors professionals and accident investigators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754649045
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : resilience engineering concepts 1
Pt. I Emergence
1 Resilience : the challenge of the unstable 9
Systems are ever-changing 19
2 Essential characteristics of resilience 21
3 Defining resilience 35
Nature of changes in systems 41
4 Complexity, emergence, resilience ... 43
5 A typology of resilience situations 55
Resilient systems 67
6 Incidents - markers of resilience or brittleness? 69
7 Resilience engineering : chronicling the emergence of confused consensus 77
Pt. II Cases and processes
8 Engineering resilience into safety-critical systems 95
9 Is resilience really necessary? : the case of railways 125
Systems are never perfect 149
10 Structure for management of weak and diffuse signals 151
11 Organizational resilience and industrial risk 155
An evil chain mechanism reading to failures 181
12 Safety management and airlines 183
13 Taking things in one's stride : cognitive features of two resilient performances 205
14 Erosion of managerial resilience : from VASA to NASA 223
15 Learning how to create resilience in business systems 235
16 Optimum system safety and optimum system resilience : agonistic or antagonistic concepts? 253
Pt. III Challenges for a practice of resilience engineering
17 Properties of resilient organizations : an initial view 275
Remedies 287
18 Auditing resilience in risk control and safety management systems 289
19 How to design a safety organization : test case for resilience engineering 315
Rules and procedures 327
20 Distancing through differencing : an obstacle to organizational learning following accidents 329
21 States of resilience 339
Epilogue : resilience engineering precepts 347
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