The System Safety Perspective

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This chapter intends to contribute a "systems perspective" in aviation system but, given the often varied and vague use of the term, it starts by examining its definition. First, note the word "group"—the chapter does not focus on an individual aspect of technology or human performance, but instead discusses the process of identifying the set of most relevant aspects. Second, note the emphasis on "interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements"—beyond assembling a "grab-bag" of separate aspects the systems perspective represents how they relate to each other. Third, aviation systems definitely comprise "a complex whole," which can only be comprehended by its human participants if the "system perspective" serves as a lens illuminating the most meaningful representations. Finally, examining the etymology of "system," note the emphasis on action—an effective systems perspective is defined by its ability to improve design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Factors in Aviation
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780123745187
ISBN (Print)9780080923024
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Psychology


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