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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,000 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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This book focuses on the causes, consequences, and possible means of avoiding organizational accidents. While individual accidents are more frequent and often target the individual for blame, organizational accidents are deep rooted errors in the daily function of organizations that increase the likelihood for disaster. The author...
Author(s): James Reason
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alder recognizes two decisions common to both the Mann Gulch and Storm King Mountain fires that influenced the behavior of firefighters during critical moments: 1) failing to question authority and 2) failing to obey authority. He argues that these failures are based on individual perceptions of legitimate authority. There are four...
Author(s): G. Stoney Alder
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To understand and avoid future calamities, decision makers must have a more accurate way of understanding past calamities. Most of what we know about calamities comes from eye witness accounts that favor relief efforts and damage reports rather than the specific events that come together initially to form a disaster. This suggests...
Author(s): Barry A. Turner, Nick F. Pidgeon
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Researchers have often studied and discussed errors and accidents within an organizational setting in two ways. The first focuses on the individual, while the second looks at the system in which the individual operates. Edmondson argues for a third perspective, one that looks at both the individual and the system, and specifically...
Author(s): Amy Edmondson
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the wake of the explosion of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger, a conventional explanation for the tragedy emerged: the economic strain on NASA caused managers to withhold information about safety violations in order to maintain the launch schedule. In her book, Diane Vaughan contradicts this conventional explanation by providing...
Author(s): Diane Vaughan
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aviation human factors investigations have typically blamed individual behavior as the primary cause of serious work accidents. However, this book argues that organizations are responsible for two aspects that contribute to work related accidents: 1) the local working conditions that restrict how workers can behave and 2) the...
Author(s): Daniel E. Maurino, James Reason, Neil Johnston, Rob B. Lee
Year Published: 1995
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sensemaking is about how people make sense of situations. When faced with problems, people construct meaning. This constructive process plays a key role in the ultimate understanding that is developed. The meaning of a situation is both created and interpreted through sensemaking. Weick lists seven distinguishing characteristics of...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick
Year Published: 1995
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Turner argues that while the best way to avoid disasters is primarily “for managers to establish, to strengthen, and then to assert control,” management control only addresses part of the problem, and there are limitations that affect management in disaster situations. Turner advocates examining three interrelated factors in a...
Author(s): Barry Turner
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Drawing upon experience working for NASA during the Apollo Missions and his studies of organizational communication, Tompkins illustrates that taking a communication perspective can help with understanding organizational problems. This book takes a narrative approach in which Tompkins discusses his visits to the Marshall Space...
Author(s): Phillip K. Tompkins
Year Published: 1993
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article investigates responses to a gas pipeline explosion as a means of uncovering the methods that organizations and other participants use to make sense during disaster and to change situations. Sensemaking deals with how organizations and individuals explain or “make sense of” what goes on around them. Gephart is interested...
Author(s): Robert P. Gephart Jr.
Year Published: 1993
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).