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Learning from Disasters: A Management Approach [Paperback]

Professor Brian Toft , Simon Reynolds
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Book Description

1 July 2005
This compelling book is essential reading for all those involved with risk management, disaster planning and security and safety management.

The third edition includes a new introductory chapter that demonstrates on a theoretical and practical level a number of reasons why individuals and groups of people fail to learn from disasters in the first place.

The book offers an important insight into the way organisations implement policies, systems and procedures to prevent future disasters occurring. The message is very clear: where organisations fail to learn from disasters, history is likely to repeat itself.

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Edition edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899287752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899287758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book should be compulsory reading, not just for MBA students and risk managers, but for anyone in a position of responsibility in every type of organisation.' - Steve Fowler, FIRM, Chief Executive, Institute of Risk Management

'While the authors examine the Public Enquiry concept they do offer an alternative in the form of a Systems Failure and Cultural Readjustment Model (SFCRM)... that it is an interesting model and very worthy of consideration. For those seeking to manage the potential of a disaster situation then this book provides valuable information and is thought provoking. It is an invaluable tool for those researching or studying the subject of learning as it is extremely well researched and comes with authority through its authors'. - Mike Welham, Member of the FIIRSM Board of Governers, FIOSH, MEWI

'This book provides a cogent and clear account of how disasters do not just happen - they are the product of organizational processes and systems which are designed to fail. With hindsight, they are almost always preventable events, but we do far too little to analyze and learn from such circumstances. This book offers an important perspective on how disasters and crises can be important learning opportunities for all organisation.' - Professor Kieran Walshe, Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Management, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Manchester Business School, UK

'Such is its scope and comprehensiveness that there is much in it that applies to medical practice and the safe running of hospitals...The authors set out an illuminatingly simple analysis and description of the underlying concepts of risk management, using examples from areas as diverse as space exploration and medical practice. So if you do come across this book...have a look at it, think about it briefly, and then buy it.' - Julian Woolfson FRCOG, The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

About the Author

BRIAN TOFT is the Principal, Risk Partnerships. He is also a visiting Professor of Risk Management Faculty of Business, Environment and Society, Coventry University, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in Risk Management at the University of Southampton.

SIMON REYNOLDS worked for several years in the power engineering industry. He subsequently became a news editor, specializing in online political and macro-economic news. He now works freelance and regularly contributes to magazines and newsletters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 10 April 2014
By Anon
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A must for who is interested in disaster managemnt.
Toft describes with a simple language what we have to consider after a disaster to learn something.
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By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
I often dip into this and particularly like the case studies. The coverage of systems theory is good but I'd have liked a bit more background on von betallanffy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to learn the pyschology behind risk 24 Nov 2006
By D. Ward
This doesn't appear to be releated to the security field in which I practice at first, but when you read through it the parallels within the issues faced between the traditional health and safety and security. The physcological issues are eloquently detailed within this text. Only the very ardous reading experience prevents me from awarding five stars. Definitely worth it though!
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