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Risk Management

Volume II: Management and Control, 1st Edition

By Gerald Mars, David T. H. Weir


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First published in 2000, Risk Management is a two volume set, comprised of the most significant and influential articles by the leading authorities in the studies of risk management. The volumes includes a full-length introduction from the editor, an internationally recognized expert, and provides an authoritative guide to the selection of essays chosen, and to the wider field itself. The collections of essays are both international and interdisciplinary in scope and provide an entry point for investigating the myriad of study within the discipline.


"… the volumes do bring together many key articles that should be read by all with an interest in risk management - the explosion of risk-related issues, from foot and mouth disease, Californian electricity regulation and Railtrack's ongoing problems to the Turnbull Report, all indicate that the field will grow in recognised importance during this century." Risk Management: An International Journal

Table of Contents


Series Preface


Estimating Engineering Risk, The Royal Society

2. Measuring Disaster Trends, Part I: Some Observations on the Bradford Fatality Scale, T. Horlick-Jones and G. Peters

3. Measuring Disaster Trends Part II: Statistics and Underlying Processes, T. Horlick-Jones, J. Fortune and G. Peters

4. Financial Distress Prediction Models: A Review of their Usefulness, Kevin Keasey and Robert Watson

5. Early-Warning-Signals Management: A Lesson From the Barings Crisis, Zachary Sheaffer, Bill Richardson and Zehava Rosenblatt

6. Towards a Systemic Crisis Management Strategy: Learning From the Best Examples in the US, Canada and France, Thierry C. Pauchant, Ian I. Mitroff and Patrick Lagadec

7. The Role of Risk and Return in Information Technology Outsourcing Decisions, Jaak Jurison

8. Close-Coupled Disasters: How Oil Majors are De-Integrating and Then Managing Contractors, Neil Ritson

9. Autonomy, Interdependence and Social Control: NASA and the Space Shuttle Challenger, Diane Vaughan

10. Complexity, Tight-Coupling and Reliability: Connecting Normal Accidents Theory and High Reliability Theory, Jos A. Rijpma

11. Culture and Communications: Countering Conspiracies in Organizational Risk Management, Clive Smallman and D.T.H. Weir

12. Identifying the Cultural Causes of Disasters: An Analysis of the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, William Richardson

13. Technical Analysis of the IIASA Energy Scenarios, Bill Keepin and Brian Wynne

14. From Crisis Prone to Crisis Prepared: A Framework for Crisis Management, Christine M. Pearson and Ian I. Mitroff

15. Global Environmental Change: Management Under Long-Range Uncertainty, Peter Nijkamp

16. Operationalizing the Theory of Cultural Complexity: A Practical Approach to Risk Perceptions and Workplace Behaviours, Gerald Mars and Steve Frosdick

17. Managing Risk in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, James W. Dean Jr.

18. The Culture Of High Reliability: Quantative and Qualitative Assessment Aboard Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers, Karlene H. Roberts, Denise M. Rousseau and Todd R. La Porte

19. Company Failure or Company Health? - Techniques for Measuring Company Health, John Robertson and Roger W. Mills

20. Corporate Risk Management: A New Nightmare in the Boardroom, Matthew Bishop;

21. 'Safety Cultures' in British Stadia and Sporting Venues, Steve Frosdick

22. The Human Side of the Banks: Credit Management of Small Firms – A Cognitive Approach to Corporate Evaluation, Katarina Svenssen Kling

23. Management of Bank Loans to Small Firms in a Market with Asymmetric Information: An Integrated Concept, Katarina Svenssen Kling and Per-Ola Ulvenblad

24. Prevention is Better Than Cure in Crisis Management: How to Turn a Crisis into an Opportunity, Michael Regester

25. The Man-Made Machine Interface and its Impact on Shipping Safety, Alexander Goulielmos

26. Organization and the Management of Safety Risks in the Chemical Process Industry, Erik H. Bax

27. The Development of a Safety Culture, Barry A. Turner

28. The Limits to Safety? Culture, Politics, Learning and Man-Made Disasters, Nick Pidgeon

29. Redefining the Issues of Risk and Public Acceptance. The Social Viability of Technology, Brian Wynne

30. The Schematic Report Analysis Diagram: A Simple Aid to Learning from Large-Scale Failures, B. Toft and B.A. Turner

31. Decision Making Under Contradictory Certainties: How to Save the Himalayas When You Can’t Find Out What’s Wrong With Them, Michael Thompson and Michael Warburton

32. Organizations and Systematic Distortion of Information, David A. Bella

33. Safety Culture, Corporate Culture, Organizational Transformation and the Commitment to Safety, Heather Hopfl

34. The Failure of Hindsight, B. Toft

35. Risk, Uncertainty and Nuclear Power, Jon Elster

36. Crisis Management and Environmentalism: A Natural Fit, Ian I. Mitroff

Name Index

About the Authors

Gerald Mars, Honorary Professor of Anthropology, University College, London, UK and David T.H. Weir, Professor, CERAM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France

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