chapter  11
Organizational accidents theories
ByALESSIA BIANCO DOLINO AND MAURIZIO CATINO
Pages 17

Among the broad range of phenomena encompassed by the disaster category, the focus of this chapter is on a specific type of event: organizational accidents. The past few decades have seen an increase in number, size and technological complexity of formal organizations. Simultaneously, the possibilities of adverse consequences for social systems as side-effects of human activities have been on the rise as well. These adverse consequences have become a crucial object of research among different disciplines. In this chapter, we focus on a specific view of organizational accidents, combining a classic sociological approach to human actions with insights from different disciplines such as organizational theory, management sciences, engineering, cognitive psychology and safety sciences.