Explores complexity theory and systems thinking to better understand how complex systems drift into failure. This book develops a vocabulary that allows us to harness complexity and find different ways of managing drift.
Sidney Dekker is Professor of Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden and Director of Research at the Leonardo Da Vinci Center for Complexity and Systems Thinking. He gained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA and has worked in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and England. Sidney has been a Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Visiting Academic in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne. He is scientific advisor on healthcare system safety to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Professor of Community Health Science at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, in Canada. Sidney's research interests include system safety, human error, reactions to failure, and organizational resilience. His recent books include "Ten Questions About Human Error: A New View of Human Factors and System Safety" (2005), "The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error" (2006), and "Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability" (2007). Sidney also flies the Boeing 737NG part time as airline pilot. He is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The OSU Foundation in the United States awards a yearly Sidney Dekker Critical Thinking Award.