normal accident theory


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normal accident theory

The assumption that accidents are inevitable in a complex working environment in which tasks are both difficult and constrained by time pressure.
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Skilton and Robinson (2009) apply the concepts from normal accident theory and network complexity to examine how to manage adverse events in supply networks.
Second, the concepts of normal accident theory are further elaborated using the food industry as a context.
Our theory development is informed primarily by normal accident theory (Sagan 1993; Perrow 1999; Weick 2005), which is best known for the proposition that accidents are nearly inevitable in complex, tightly coupled production systems.