Sociotechnical Systems, Risk, and Error

Alex Kirlik

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter presents the reprinted article "The Walkerton E. coli outbreak: a test of Rasmussen's framework for risk management in a dynamic society" by Kim J. Vicente and Klaus Christoffersen. The chapter provides a very detailed application of a risk management framework developed by Jens Rasmussen. The chapter uses this framework to mine a case study for insights into factors contributing to the failure of a complex, sociotechnical system, one resulting in numerous deaths and other tragic consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman-Tech
Subtitle of host publicationEthical and Scientific Foundations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863358
ISBN (Print)9780199765140
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Case study
  • Deaths
  • Jens rasmussen
  • Risk management
  • Sociotechnical system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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