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The Unbounded MindBreaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking$
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Ian I. Mitroff and Harold A. Linstone

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.001.0001

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Bhopal: Catastrophe Making *

Bhopal: Catastrophe Making *

(p.111) CHAPTER 7 Bhopal: Catastrophe Making*
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In this chapter, the authors illustrate a vivid example of the failures of outmoded thinking and the importance of a multi-perspective analysis to avoid future disasters through the experience of the disaster at Bhopal, India. A general background of the issue is first displayed by the authors. A table depicting how the technical, organizational, and personal perspectives define and approach the analysis of risk is then presented. Each perspective is first examined separately in detail. However, these three types of perspective are not independent. Rather, as shown in this chapter, they influence each other. One cannot eliminate fully the possibility of catastrophic failures in complex systems that involve human operators. Thus, this chapter offers several methods to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic consequences with given systems and the application of Unbounded Systems Thinking on it.

Keywords:   risk, Bhopal, complex systems, human operators, catastrophic consequences, Unbounded Systems Thinking

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