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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The first, normal accident theory, builds on the work of James Reason," (99) Barry Turner, (100) and Charles Perrow.
High reliability theory claims to solve the problem that normal accident theory believes is unsolvable.
Skilton and Robinson apply normal accident theory to justify using complexity concepts.
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.