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Minding the Machines: Preventing Technological Disasters by Mark Manion, William M. Evan

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Chapter 7. A Matrix of Technological Disasters

 

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

 
 --H.G. Wells

In Chapter 5, we developed and illustrated a four fold classification of the causes of technological disasters: technical design factors, human factors, organizational systems factors, and socio-cultural factors. In Chapter 6, we undertook an historical analysis of the three industrial revolutions. These conceptual frameworks will now be combined into a 3 × 4 matrix in an effort to provide a more detailed explanation of technological disasters (see Figure 7–1).

The 3 × 4 matrix of technological disasters.

Figure 7-1. The 3 × 4 matrix of technological disasters. ...

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