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Inside Hazardous Technological Systems
Methodological foundations, challenges and future directions

ISBN 9780367226947
Published July 19, 2021 by CRC Press
288 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the challenges, opportunities, applications, and implications of applying qualitative research to critical questions of research and practice in the field of organizational risk and safety. The book brings together a diverse perspective to explore the practice of conducting qualitative research as well as to debate the quality of research and knowledge, drawing on a range of different perspectives and traditions. It offers novel and innovative developments in data collection and data analysis methods and tools that can be applied to safety, risk, and accident analysis in complex systems. It also will present practical issues associated with data access and empirical research in challenging and high-stakes environments. This book will provide academics, researchers, students, and professionals in the fields of safety, accident analysis, and risk with a broad-range and expert guide to the key issues and debates in the field, as well as a set of exemplary cases and reflective narratives from leading researchers in the field.

Table of Contents

Foreword: qualitative inquiries into safety research

Silvia Gherardi

1.Hazardous technological systems from the inside out: An Introduction

Kenneth Gould & Carl Macrae

2.Turner and the Sociology of Disasters

Andrew Hopkins

3.Access, Methods and Knowledge when exploring High-hazard Systems: Lessons from the Past for the Future

Mathilde Bourrier

4.In the footsteps of Turner…from grounded theory to conceptual ethnography in safety

Jean-christophe Le Coze

5.Case studies in safety research

Stian Antonsen 6 Torgeir Haavik

6.Actor Network Theory and Sensework in Safety Research

Torgeir Haavik

7.Learning to do ethnography in complex systems

Christian H. Kuran

8.Work as planned, as done and as desired:A framework for exploring everyday safety-critical practice

Andrew J. Rae, David E. Weber, Sidney W. A. Dekker

9.Combining lenses: Pragmatics and action research in safety science.

Trond Kongsvik & Petter Almklov, Norway

10.Bridging an Unsafe Divide: In Search of Integrated Safety Science Research

Paul Schulman

11.Large-scale mixed-method evaluation of safety programmes and interventions

Graham Martin, Jane O´Hara & Justin Waring

12.Putting senior management in focus: A critical reflection on the direction of safety science research

Jan Hayes and Sarah Maslen

13.Politics, accident research and analysis: the evolution of investigation methods and practices in healthcare

Siri Wiig, Jeffrey Braithwaite & Geir Sverre Braut

14.Exploring the grey area of cyber security in Industrial Control Systems (ICS):

A qualitative research matter

 Alberto Zanutto

Afterword: Connoisseurship, the Sociological Imagination and Turner’s Qualitative Method

Nick Pidgeon

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Kenneth Pettersen Gould is associate professor in risk management and societal safety at the University of Stavanger, specializing in organizational risk and safety management. His research concerns hazardous technologies; how risk, reliability, safety and security is analysed and managed in organizational contexts; and how regulatory and management strategies in these areas can be further developed.

Carl Macrae is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology in the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning at Nottingham University Business School. His research examines how organisations manage safety, reliability and resilience; how people make sense of and learn from unexpected events; and how organisational and regulatory systems can be designed to support learning and improvement. Carl regularly advises organisations, regulators and policymakers on challenging safety and risk issues. Carl is also a Professor II in the SHARE Centre for Resilience in Healthcare at University of Stavanger, Norway.


"This collection is required reading for anyone seriously engaged in understanding large-scale organizations operating high-hazard technologies. It is an extraordinary reach across various analytical dialects seeking clarity and the possibilities of integration."

––––Todd R.LaPorte, Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School University of California, Berkeley

"The world of safety and technology are subject to rapid change. It is often hard for researchers and practitioners to keep up. Inside Hazardous Technological Systems does an excellent job of capturing the latest research in the world of safety. Moreover, a large part of the book is given over to a reappreciation of one of the pioneers of safety research, Professor Barry Turner. The book is a welcome revisiting of his work and contains contributions from the leading scholars in the fields of safety and risk. I’d recommend it as essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary perspectives on safety, hazards, and technological systems."

––– Patrick Waterson, Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems, Loughborough Design School, University of Loughborough