Recommended References

Below is a listing of general fundamental references helpful to those interested in risk and crisis management of complex systems.

  • Ackoff, Russell L. Ackoff’s Best: Irreverent Reflections on Business and Management. New York: Wiley, 1999. Print.
  • Barnard, Chester I. The Functions of the Executive. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005. Print.
  • Dekker, Sidney. Safety Differently: Human Factors for a New Era, Second Edition. Place of publication not identified: CRC Press, 2017. Internet resource.
  • Hollnagel, Erik. Safety-I and Safety-II: The Past and Future of Safety Management. , 2018. Internet resource.
  • Hubbard, Douglas W. How to Measure Anything Workbook: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business. , 2014. Internet resource.
  • Mitroff, Ian I. Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis: 7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster. , 2005. Internet resource.
  • Mitroff, Ian I, and Harold A. Linstone. The Unbounded Mind: Breaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. Internet resource.
  • Morgan, M.Granger, Max Henrion, and Mitchell Small. Uncertainty: A Guide to Dealing with Uncertainty in Quantitative Risk and Policy Analysis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Print.
  • Perrow, Charles. Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. Internet resource.
  • Reason, James. Human Error. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Print.
  • Sagan, Scott D. The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons. , 2020. Internet resource.
  • Thompson, James D. Organizations in Action. New York: McGraw Hill, 1967. Print.
  • Vick, Steven G. Degrees of Belief: Subjective Probability and Engineering Judgment. Reston, VA: ASCE Press, 2002. Print.
  • Weick, Karl E, and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe. Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity. , 2001. Print.

Suggested Movies/Series that illustrate Risk and Crisis Management concepts

Apollo 13 – NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Challenger: The Final Flight – Four-part docuseries on the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, unpacking an indelible moment for a generation of Americans.

Chernobyl – In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes.

Contagion – Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Deepwater Horizon – A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

Dr. Strangelove – An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

The Fog of War – The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Thirteen Days – In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

United 93 – A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

When the Levees Broke – An examination of the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.