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Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety (Engineering Systems)

Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety (Engineering Systems)

Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety (Engineering Systems)
By Nancy G. Leveson

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Book Description

Engineering has experienced a technological revolution, but the basic engineering techniques applied in safety and reliability engineering, created in a simpler, analog world, have changed very little over the years. In this groundbreaking book, Nancy Leveson proposes a new approach to safety -- more suited to today's complex, sociotechnical, software-intensive world -- based on modern systems thinking and systems theory. Revisiting and updating ideas pioneered by 1950s aerospace engineers in their System Safety concept, and testing her new model extensively on real-world examples, Leveson has created a new approach to safety that is more effective, less expensive, and easier to use than current techniques.

Arguing that traditional models of causality are inadequate, Leveson presents a new, extended model of causation (Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes, or STAMP), then then shows how the new model can be used to create techniques for system safety engineering, including accident analysis, hazard analysis, system design, safety in operations, and management of safety-critical systems. She applies the new techniques to real-world events including the friendly-fire loss of a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter in the first Gulf War; the Vioxx recall; the U.S. Navy SUBSAFE program; and the bacterial contamination of a public water supply in a Canadian town. Leveson's approach is relevant even beyond safety engineering, offering techniques for "reengineering" any large sociotechnical system to improve safety and manage risk.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1041797 in Books
  • Published on: 2012-01-13
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .94" w x 7.00" l, 2.20 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 560 pages

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About the Author

Nancy G. Leveson is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT. An acknowledged leader in the field of safety engineering, she has worked to improve safety in nearly every industry over the past thirty years.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Should be mandatory reading for all engineers in healthcare!
By Mary
I agree with reviewer #1 that this isn't a "how to" book. That said, this book should be mandatory reading for all engineers and patient safety experts in healthcare (design, IT, clinical, standards, regulatory, etc.). In addition to the outstanding content, one of the things I liked best about it is that it's digestible for non-engineers. Bravo!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Daniel W. Handlin
Wow Nancy!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4If someone wants an adequate reading how system thinking can ...
By Frank Verschueren
If someone wants an adequate reading how system thinking can upgrade safety this is yours to read !!!

Frank Verschueren
COMAH Governmental Process Safety Inspector Inspector

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