The Logic of Failure

Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations

Author: Dietrich Dörner

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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An incisive analysis of real-life situations that helps all those involved in any kind of strategic planning recognize and avoid logical yet devastating errors.

The Logic of Failure

Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations

Author: Dietrich Dörner

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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An incisive analysis of real-life situations that helps all those involved in any kind of strategic planning recognize and avoid logical yet devastating errors.

Drift into Failure

From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems

Author: Professor Sidney Dekker

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409486559

Category: Psychology

Page: 234

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What does the collapse of sub-prime lending have in common with a broken jackscrew in an airliner’s tailplane? Or the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with the burn-up of Space Shuttle Columbia? These were systems that drifted into failure. While pursuing success in a dynamic, complex environment with limited resources and multiple goal conflicts, a succession of small, everyday decisions eventually produced breakdowns on a massive scale. We have trouble grasping the complexity and normality that gives rise to such large events. We hunt for broken parts, fixable properties, people we can hold accountable. Our analyses of complex system breakdowns remain depressingly linear, depressingly componential - imprisoned in the space of ideas once defined by Newton and Descartes. The growth of complexity in society has outpaced our understanding of how complex systems work and fail. Our technologies have gotten ahead of our theories. We are able to build things - deep-sea oil rigs, jackscrews, collateralized debt obligations - whose properties we understand in isolation. But in competitive, regulated societies, their connections proliferate, their interactions and interdependencies multiply, their complexities mushroom. This book explores complexity theory and systems thinking to understand better how complex systems drift into failure. It studies sensitive dependence on initial conditions, unruly technology, tipping points, diversity - and finds that failure emerges opportunistically, non-randomly, from the very webs of relationships that breed success and that are supposed to protect organizations from disaster. It develops a vocabulary that allows us to harness complexity and find new ways of managing drift.

Crisis Management in a Complex World

Author: Dawn R. Gilpin,Priscilla J. Murphy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195328728

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 210

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Today's managers, business owners, and public relations practitioners grapple daily with a fundamental question about contemporary crisis management: to what extent is it possible to control events and stakeholder responses to them, in order to contain escalating crises or safeguard an organization's reputation? The authors meet the question head-on, departing from other crisis management texts, and arguing that a complexity-based approach is superior to the standard simplification model of organizational learning.

Improving Learning Transfer in Organizations

Author: Elwood F. Holton, III,Timothy T. Baldwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0787971871

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Improving Learning Transfer in Organizations featurescontributions from leading experts in the field learning transfer,and offers the most current information, ideas, and theories on thetopic and aptly illustrates how to put transfer systems intoaction. In this book, the authors move beyond explanation tointervention by contributing their most recent thinking on how bestto intervene in organizational contexts to influence the transferof learning. Written for chief learning officers, training anddevelopment practitioners, management development professionals,and human resource management practitioners, this important volumeshows how to create systems that ensure employees are getting andretaining the information, skills, and knowledge necessary toaccomplish tasks on the job. Improving Learning Transfer in Organizations addresseslearning transfer on both the individual and organizational level.This volume shows how to diagnose learning transfer systems, createa transfer-ready profile, and assess and place employees tomaximize transfer. The book includes information on how todetermine what process should be followed to design anorganization-specific learning transfer system intervention. Theauthors focus on the actual learning process and show how to usefront-end analysis to avoid transfer problems. In addition, theyoutline the issues associated with such popular work-based learninginitiatives as action learning and communities of practice, andthey also present applications on learning transfer withine-learning and team training contexts.

Error Reduction in Health Care

A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety

Author: Patrice L. Spath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118001561

Category: Medical

Page: 416

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Error Reduction in Health Care Completely revised and updated, this second edition of Error Reduction in Health Care offers a step-by-step guide for implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine to reduce the frequency of errors in health care services and to mitigate the impact of errors when they do occur. With contributions from noted leaders in health safety, Error Reduction in Health Care provides information on analyzing accidents and shows how systematic methods can be used to understand hazards before accidents occur. In the chapters, authors explore how to prioritize risks to accurately focus efforts in a systems redesign, including performance measures and human factors. This expanded edition covers contemporary material on innovative patient safety topics such as applying Lean principles to reduce mistakes, opportunity analysis, deductive adverse event investigation, improving safety through collaboration with patients and families, using technology for patient safety improvements, medication safety, and high reliability organizations. The Editor

Fail Better

Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner

Author: Anjali Sastry,Kara Penn

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1422193454

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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If you’re aiming to innovate, failure along the way is a given. But can you fail better? Whether you’re rolling out a new product from a city-view office or rolling up your sleeves to deliver a social service in the field, learning why and how to embrace failure can help you do better, faster. Smart leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents design their innovation projects with a key idea in mind: ensure that every failure is maximally useful. In Fail Better, Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn show how to create the conditions, culture, and habits to systematically, ruthlessly, and quickly figure out what works, in three steps: 1. Launch every innovation project with the right groundwork 2. Build and refine ideas and products through iterative action 3. Identify and embed the learning Fail Better teaches you how to design your efforts to test the boundaries of your thinking, explore crucial interdependencies, and find the factors that can shift results from just acceptable to groundbreaking—or even world-changing. Practical instructions intertwined with compelling real-world examples show you how to: • Make predictions and map system relationships ahead of time so you can better assess results • Establish how much failure you can afford • Prioritize project activities for disconfirmation and iteration • Learn from every action step by collecting and examining the right data • Support efficient, productive habits to link action and reflection • Distill, share, and embed the lessons from every success and failure You may be a Fortune 500 manager, scrappy start-up innovator, social impact visionary, or simply leading your own small project. If you aim to break through without breaking the bank—or ruining your reputation—this book is for you.

Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners

Professional Perspectives, Best Practices, and Positive Solutions

Author: Margaret Wayne Gosfield

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 157542875X

Category: Education

Page: 320

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Educators and parents need practical information they can use now to help them best understand and support the gifted learners in their lives. Because of the unique social and emotional needs faced by gifted learners—not to mention the unique academic needs—teaching and parenting them can be as demanding as it is rewarding. These 36 articles provide much-needed help. They are a “best of” from the last seven years of the Gifted Education Communicator, the national publication of the California Association for the Gifted. With contributions from respected scholars as well as new experts in the field, this book is sensitive, positive, and packed with ideas and up-to-date facts.