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Flirting with disaster : why accidents are rarely accidental

Author: Marc S Gerstein; Michael Ellsberg
Publisher: New York : Union Square Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Despite warnings of impending disaster, preemptive action is rarely taken by those who have the ability to do so. How do smart, high-powered people, leaders of global corporations, national institutions, even nations, often get it so wrong? While most investigations focus on the technical causes of disaster, Flirting With Disaster examines the psychological, social, and cultural impediments to whistle-blowing,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gerstein, Marc S.
Flirting with disaster.
New York : Union Square Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008298225
(OCoLC)179788884
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marc S Gerstein; Michael Ellsberg
ISBN: 9781402776793 1402776799
OCLC Number: 786041487
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 340 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The bystanders among us --
Human biases and distortions --
Understanding uncertainty : why did so many people bet against Katrina? --
Space Shuttle Challenger : cold, warm, and hot causes of disasters --
Chernobyl, faulty design, and the interplay of humans and technology --
The Vioxx disaster and BP : the seduction of profits --
When all the backups failed : how American F-15s accidentally shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawks --
Butterfly wings and stone heads : how complexity influences catastrophe in policy decisions --
The collapse of Arthur Andersen : the role of organizational culture --
When countries go bankrupt : the prisoner's dilemma writ large --
What have we learned? What can we do? --
Advice for leaders.
Responsibility: Marc Gerstein with Michael Ellsberg ; foreword and afterword by Daniel Ellsberg.

Abstract:

"Despite warnings of impending disaster, preemptive action is rarely taken by those who have the ability to do so. How do smart, high-powered people, leaders of global corporations, national institutions, even nations, often get it so wrong? While most investigations focus on the technical causes of disaster, Flirting With Disaster examines the psychological, social, and cultural impediments to whistle-blowing, showing what we can do to reduce the possibility of disasters happening at all"--Publisher's website.

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