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Catastrophes as Turning Points (UNIB10013) // Further information

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    Wider Reading

    HortonForestW. and Dennis Lewis (Eds.) Great information disasters: twelve prime examples of how information mismanagement led to human misery, political misfortune and business failure.London,England, 1991.

    Landauer, Thomas. The Trouble with Computers, London, MIT Press, 1997.

    James C. Scott, Seeing like a state: how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed. New Haven:YaleUniversityPress, 1998.

    Tenner, E. Why things bite back: technology and the revenge of unintended consequences, New York: Knopf, 1996.

    Winner, Langdon. The Whale and the Reactor, Chicago:UniversityofChicagoPress, 1986.

    Lyytinen, K. and R. Hirschheim 1987. Information Systems Failures: A Survey and Classification of the Empirical Literature.OxfordSurveys in Information Technology (4): 257-309.

    Hall 1980. Great Planning Disasters. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

    Perrow, C. 1984. Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies.New York: Basic Books.

    Vaughan, D. 1996. The Challenger Launch Decision : Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA.Chicago:UniversityofChicagoPress.

    Joyce Fortune and Geoff Peters (2005) Information Systems: Achieving Success by Avoiding Failure. Wiley.

    Andrew Hopkins (2002) Lessons from Longford: The Esso Gas Plant Explosion. CCH Australia Ltd.

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