Responsibility and Dependable Systems

  • Guy Dewsbury
  • John Dobson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction: Dependability and Responsibility in Context

    1. JOHN DOBSON, IAN SOMMERVILLE, GUY DEWSBURY
      Pages 1-17
  3. Philosophical and Social Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XV
    2. DAVID MARTIN, ROB PROCTER, MARK ROUNCEFIELD, JOHN MARIANI
      Pages 43-65
    3. DAVID MARTIN, MARK ROUNCEFIELD, WES SHARROCK
      Pages 66-87
  4. Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XV
    2. JOHN DOBSON
      Pages 91-114
    3. JOHN DOBSON, MIKE MARTIN
      Pages 115-129
  5. New Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XV
    2. IAN SOMMERVILLE
      Pages 165-186
    3. IAN SOMMERVILLE
      Pages 187-207
    4. DEVINA RAMDUNY-ELLIS, ALAN DIX
      Pages 208-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-236

About this book

Introduction

It is a truism that ‘human error’ is a common reason for failure in complex systems. These ‘errors’ sometimes lead to system failures because designers have failed to consider the normal human tendency to make mistakes. In other cases, ‘errors’ arise because of misunderstandings of who is responsible for what and how these responsibilities are to be discharged. Responsibility failures lead directly to actions that result in system failure.

Responsibility and Dependable Systems is the first book to examine the relationship between responsibility and system dependability. Both editors have backgrounds in computing and social science giving them a unique insight into how responsibility influences system dependability in different environments.

Divided into three parts, the first considers the philosophical and social aspects of responsibility, revisiting socially oriented system failures from a social, ethnographic perspective to tease out the complexities of the responsibilities that were implicated in the failure. Part Two uses a series of simple modelling notations to consider responsibility from a process and role-oriented perspective, using ideas from computer science, social science, management theory and engineering. The final section introduces new methods for analysing responsibility and mapping responsibilities within an organisation. The methods are illustrated by annotated models that can be adapted for use in both analysing and preventing failures of responsibility.

Systems engineers, computer scientists, social scientists, ergonomists and management researchers will all benefit from reading the book, and professionals and practitioners making organisational decisions concerning dependable human-computer systems, will also find it of value.

Keywords

computer modeling modelling organization time

Editors and affiliations

  • Guy Dewsbury
    • 1
  • John Dobson
    • 2
  1. 1.Computing DepartmentLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Emeritus Professor Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84628-626-1
  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-625-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-626-1
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