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Saving Human Lives: Lessons in Management Ethics / Edition 1

Saving Human Lives: Lessons in Management Ethics / Edition 1

by Robert E. Allinson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402029059
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Series: Issues in Business Ethics , #21
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Accidents, Tragedies And Disasters

The Rule Of Accidental

The Explanation Of Human Error

The Explanation Of A Breakdown Of A Material Or Technical Component And Its Corollary, "Risky Technology"

Risky Or Unruly Technology?

The Explanation Of Organizational Inertia Or Bureaucratic Drift

Accidents Will Happen

The Word ‘Accident’

The Belief In Monocausality

Multi-Causality And Multiple Responsibility

Fault Finding And The Scapegoat

Warnings And Ethics

Freedom And Ethics


Chapter 2: Ethics As Involved In The Goals Of An Organization

Ethics And The Conduct Of Business Enterprise

Ethics And The Infrastructure Of A Business Organization

Ethics And Informal Channels Of Communication

Ethics And Formal Reporting Channels

Chapter 3: The Buck Stops Here

The Will To Communicate

The Manager’s Task


Chapter 4: Conceptual Preparedness

The Explicit Prioritization Of A Safety Ethos


Chapter 5: The Vasa Disaster

The Stability Test

The Question Of Ballast

The Wind Pressure On The Sails



Chapter 6: The Collision

Causes Of The Disaster

Speed Of The Ship


Causes Of Deaths

Relevant Design Features


The Inadequacy Of The Human Error Hypothesis


Third-Class Passengers

Nearby Rescue Possibilities

The Rescue By The S.S. "Carpathia"

Findings Of The Court

Look-Out *

Speed *

Recommendations *

Notes *

Chapter 7: A Brief Synopsis

Key Words

The Word ‘Accident’

Cause And Contributing Cause

The Atmosphere Of The Decision Making Process

A Fixed Deadline Must Be Met

That A Wrong Decision Will Have Grave Consequences

The Presence Of Irregularities

(A.) The Lack Of Any Clear Uniform Guidelines As To Moral Criteria

The Lack Of A Spelled Out Decision Making Mechanism

Management Structure

The Language Of Communication

Responsibility: Bottom Up

Top Down Responsibility

Dormant Stage

The Will To Communicate

Chapter 8: Safety Priority

Decision Making

Safety First?

Is There A Greater Sense Of Resp0nsibility Now?

Were Middle Managers Simply Following Policy?

Were The Middle Managers Moral?

Normalized Decisions?

Links Between Temperature And Erosion

Faith In The Secondary Seal?

The Question Of "Hard Data"

Ethical Decision Making



Chapter 9: The Orders

A Dysfunctional Management

Technical Component

The Closing Of The Doors

The Will To Communicate

Chapter 10: The King’s Cross Underground Fire

Epistemological Frameworks Compared

The Use Of Words

The Cause Of The Fire

Responsibility For The Fire: Top Down

Responsibility: Bottom Up

The Importance Of A Safety Ethos

Fennell’s Recommendations: The Primacy Of Safety

Chapter 11: The Disaster On Mt. Erebus

A Short History Of The Disaster

The Evidence From The Flight-Deck Tapes

Vette’s Text

Macfarlane’s Notes On Vette’s Text

Taking A Phenomenological View

The Whiteout Phenomenon

Phenomenological Approach: Tapes

The Coherence Theory Of Truth


The Cause Of The Disaster

Defects In Administrative Structure

Defects In Administrative Communications System

Summary Of Management Defects

The Lack Of Any Safety Ethos


Appendix One

Appendix Three


Chapter 12: Notes

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