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Impact of accidents on organizational aspects of nuclear utilities

Spurgin, A. J. & Stupples, D. (2012). Impact of accidents on organizational aspects of nuclear utilities. International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering, 2(4), pp. 132-144.


This paper applies the Beer Viable Systems Model (VSM) approach to the study of nuclear accidents. It relates how organizational structures and rules are affected by accidents in the attempt to improve safety and reduce risk. The paper illustrates this process with reference to a number of accidents. The dynamic cybernetic aspect of the VSM approach to organizations yields a better understanding of the need for good decision-making to minimize risk and how organizations really operate.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: utilities, organization, safety, risk, accidents and VSM
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Software Reliability
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