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

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Chapter 11. The Role of Corporations in the Management of Technological Disasters

 

“The distinguishing mark of the executive responsibility is that it requires not merely conformance to a complex code of morals but also the creation of moral codes for others.”

 
 --Chester J. Bernard

If one wishes to identify the social, political, and moral dimensions of technological disasters, one must focus on the organizational context in which the failed technology is embedded. An analysis of the corporate environment surrounding many technological disasters often reveals a structure and pattern of corporate misconduct in the management and control of potentially hazardous technologies.

Corporate Management versus Mismanagement

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