Resilience Engineering: Concepts and Precepts

Erik Hollnagel

Ph.D., Professor, Professor Emeritus


Hollnagel, E., Woods, D. D. & Leveson, N. C. (Eds.) (2006). Resilience engineering: Concepts and precepts. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Spanish translation: Ingenieria de la resiliencia: Conceptos y preceptos (2013). Madrid, Spain: Modus Laborandi.

Japanese translation レジリエンスエンジニアリング - 概念と指針 (2013). Tokyo, Japan: Juse.

The Prologue

Hindsight and Safety

Efforts to improve the safety of systems have often – some might say always – been dominated by hindsight. This is so both in research and in practice, perhaps more surprising in the former than in the latter. The practical concern for safety is usually driven by events that have happened, either in one’s own company or in the industry as such. There is a natural motivation to prevent such events from

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