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The application of system dynamics modelling to system safety improvement: Present use and future potential

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posted on 04.04.2018, 10:28 by Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, Gyuchan Thomas JunGyuchan Thomas Jun, Stewart RobinsonStewart Robinson
System Dynamics has the potential to study the aspects of complex systems including its likely effect of modifications to structural and dynamic system properties that cannot be achieved with traditional approaches. This paper presents a review of literature addressing safety issues using system dynamics across safety–critical domains. Sixty-three studies were included and classified based on a customised human factors safety taxonomy framework. The thematic analysis of the literature resulted in five themes: external factors, organisational influences, unsafe supervisions, preconditions for unsafe acts and unsafe acts. The findings suggest that using system dynamics can be a potential tool in improving safety. This can be achieved through improved decision-making by basing it on system analysis, analysing past behavioural events in a modelling structure to plan effective safety policies, as well as looking at a holistic approach when analysing accidents.

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  • Design
  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Safety Science

Volume

106

Pages

104 - 120

Citation

IBRAHIM SHIRE, M., JUN, G.T. and ROBINSON, S., 2018. The application of system dynamics modelling to system safety improvement: Present use and future potential. Safety Science, 106, pp.104-120.

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© Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Safety Science and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2018.03.010.

Acceptance date

04/03/2018

Publication date

2018-03-14

ISSN

0925-7535

Language

en

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