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Vladimir Serkin1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

Understanding the organizational and psychological causes of man-made disasters

2015. Vol. 5. No. 1. P. 6–21 [issue contents]
Аbstract: the paper contains twenty-one reason for the increased number of man-made disasters and describes fourteen systemic organizational and psychological causes of man-made disasters: 1) characteristics of the social system; 2) the crisis of technical education and training; 3) the practiceof introducing new technologies; 4) accumulation of causes of accidents; 5) replacement of technical experts economists and lawyers; 6) the inevitability of risk when making decisions about stopping the system; 7) conformity of decision specialists; 8) lack of analysis of system errors; 9) no responsibility for improper management decisions taken; 10) lack of diagnostic systems and reducing the selectioncriteria indicators both for professional readiness and for professional competence; 11) “human factors”; 12) lack in enterprises and training centers complete training system to the specific conditionsof activity and extreme situations, prevention of adverse conditions of operators and other prevention activities; 13) the crisis of domestic engineering psychology; 14) the lack of a sufficient number of modern developments and textbooks on engineering psychology.

Citation: Serkin, V. (2015). Organizatsionno-psikhologicheskie prichiny tekhnogennykh katastrof [Understanding the organizational and psychological causes of man-made disasters]. Organizacionnaâ psihologiâ (Organizational Psychology), vol. 5, no 1, pp. 6-21 (in Russian)
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