Bignell, Victor and Fortune, Joyce (1984). Understanding Systems Failures. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
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This book outlines a common approach to the understanding of many different kinds of failure: failures of machines, of individuals, of groups and businesses.
A dozen case histories are discussed by the authors. They range from the accident at the Three Mile Island power station to the collapse of Rolls-Royce and the sinking of a North Sea rig, each a result of a variety of faults and failures. Failures are then analysed through an approach based on the identification of the systems that failed and a comparison of these with a variety of standard systems.
The stories of many of these failures have never been written from such a perspective before, and this is the first time that a wide range of studies has been brought together to provide an understanding of failure in its widest possible sense.
|Item Type:||Authored Book|
|Copyright Holders:||1984 The Open University|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications|
|Depositing User:||Joyce Fortune|
|Date Deposited:||30 Sep 2011 13:45|
|Last Modified:||30 Sep 2011 13:45|
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