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The legacy of the theory of high reliability organizations: an ethnographic endeavor

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Publication Genève: Université de Genève, 2011
Collection Sociograph, Working Paper; 6
Abstract This article looks back over two decades of work pioneered by Todd LaPorte and colleagues, under the banner of High Reliabiilty Theory (HRT). The article revisits the American roots of the Berkeley-based group and comments on its early and decisive fieldwork choices. It revisits some of the elements that emerged through the controversy around findings and implications of HRT. It discusses the legacy of HRT and the ethographical twist given to "normal operations" studies. It further explains why the use of ethnographic and sociological methodologies gave new vitality to the study of high-risks organizations.
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BOURRIER, Mathilde. The legacy of the theory of high reliability organizations: an ethnographic endeavor. 2011 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:48332

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