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Resilience markers for safer systems and organisations

Back, J.; Furniss, D.; Hildebrandt, M.; Blandford, A.; (2008) Resilience markers for safer systems and organisations. In: Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security. (pp. pp. 99-112). Springer Verlag: Berlin / Heidelberg, Germany. Green open access

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If computer systems are to be designed to foster resilient performance it is important to be able to identify contributors to resilience. The emerging practice of Resilience Engineering has identified that people are still a primary source of resilience, and that the design of distributed systems should provide ways of helping people and organisations to cope with complexity. Although resilience has been identified as a desired property, researchers and practitioners do not have a clear understanding of what manifestations of resilience look like. This paper discusses some examples of strategies that people can adopt that improve the resilience of a system. Critically, analysis reveals that the generation of these strategies is only possible if the system facilitates them. As an example, this paper discusses practices, such as reflection, that are known to encourage resilient behavior in people. Reflection allows systems to better prepare for oncoming demands. We show that contributors to the practice of reflection manifest themselves at different levels of abstraction: from individual strategies to practices in, for example, control room environments. The analysis of interaction at these levels enables resilient properties of a system to be ‘seen’, so that systems can be designed to explicitly support them. We then present an analysis of resilience at an organisational level within the nuclear domain. This highlights some of the challenges facing the Resilience Engineering approach and the need for using a collective language to articulate knowledge of resilient practices across domains.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Resilience markers for safer systems and organisations
ISBN-13: 9783540876977
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-87698-4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-87698-4
Language: English
Additional information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com. Paper presented at SAFECOMP 2008: the 27th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security, 22-25 September 2008, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. http://www.safecomp2008.org/
Keywords: Human error, distributed cognition, control rooms, nuclear domain
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9308
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