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A “New View” Bibliography…… (at least the start of one)

I spent the better part of three months last fall immersed in the “New View.”  I listened, read and researched the “New View” with the intent to absorb the philosophy into my on-going efforts developing The Safely Working Project.  I bought into it from the beginning as it was already compatible with my personal values and approach to workplace safety.

(The Safely Working Project is focused on the sharp end of the stick, but at a more basic level.  The Project is dedicated to developing and providing tools that employees and supervisors can use for Safely Working all the time.  While so much of the discussion about the “New View” revolves around operational excellence and highly reliable organizations, the mission of The Safely Working Project targets organizations that are still working at the basics of workplace safety.  If you’ve read my other posts on “Safely Leading” you know that I have adapted key aspects of the “New View” philosophy for such organizations.)

A huge part of that investment of time was listening to all the Pre-Accident Podcasts produced and presented by Todd Conklin.  (  A veritable cornucopia of information and knowledge presented in 30 minute chunks.  The podcasts and several books were key to the framing of “Safely Leading,” my presentation of a subset of the “New View” philosophy for small organizations striving to build and maintain a positive workplace.

While listening to the podcasts I kept lots of notes.  In particular, I kept a list of all the books that were directly or peripherally discussed.  Many of the books are about the “New View” while others represent other useful related topics.   Here is that list for your reading pleasure:

6-Hour Safety Culture, Tim Autrey, 2015

A Life in Error: From Little Slips to Big Disasters, James Reason, 2013

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2014

Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success, Dave Zwieback, 2015

Dave’s Subs: A Novel Story About Workplace Accountability, David Marx, 2015

FRAM: The Functional Resonance Analysis Method: Modelling Complex Socio-technical Systems, Erik Hollnagel, 2012

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t, Jim Collins, 2001

Human Error, James Reason, 1990

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar Schein, 2013

In Pursuit of Foresight: Disaster Incubation Theory Re-Imagined, Mike Lauder, 2015

Information Processing and Human-Machine Interaction: An Approach to Cognitive Engineering, Jens Rasmussen, 1986

Just Culture, 2nd ed., Sidney Dekker, 2012

Manage the Unexpected, 2nd ed., Weick & Sutcliffe, 2007

Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents, James Reason, 1997

Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar Schein, 2010

Pre-Accident Investigations, Todd Conklin, 2012

Safety-I and Safety-II: The Past and Future of Safety Management, New edition, Erik Hollnagel, 2014

Simple Revolutionary Acts, Todd Conklin, 2004

Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments: Performance, Safety and Risk Management Strategies for Operational Teams, Randy Cadieux, 2014

The Checklist Manifesto – How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande, 2009

The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’, Sidney Dekker, 2014

The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization, Peter Senge, 2006

The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition, Steven J Spear, 2010

The Human Condition, James Reason, 2008

The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done, Dave Crenshaw, 2008

The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki, 2005

Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, 2011

Whack-a-Mole: The Price We Pay For Expecting Perfection, David Marx, 2012


Here are some additional publications that were alluded to or mentioned in the podcasts:

Human Performance Reference Manual, INPO 06-003, October 2006 (

Human Performance Improvement Handbook, Volume 1: Concepts and Principles, DOE-HDBK-1028-2009, June 2009, (

Human Performance Improvement Handbook, Volume 2: Human Performance Tools for individuals, Work teams, and Management, DOE-HDBK-1028-2009, June 2009, (

Safety Culture in Nuclear Installations, IAEA-TECDOC-1329, December 2002, (

Health and Safety Critical Control Management – Good Practice Guide, ICMM, 2015, (


Great recommendations from commenters:

Drift Into Failure, Sidney Dekker, 2011

Resilience Engineering: Concepts and Precepts,
Hollnagel, Woods, Leveson, 2006

Controlling the Controllable: Preventing Business Upsets,
Joe Groeneweg, 2002

Behind Human Error (2nd edition), Woods, Dekker, Cook. Johannesen & Sarter, 2010

Ten Questions About Human Error: A New View of Human Factors and System Safety, Sidney Dekker, 2004

Resilience Engineering Perspectives, Vol 1: Remaining Sensitive to the Possibility of Failure, Sidney Dekker, 2008

Resilience Engineering Perspectives, Vol 2: Preparation and Restoration, Nemeth, Hollnagel & Dekker, 2009

Resilience Engineering in Practise: A Guidebook, Hollnagel, Paries, Woods & Wreathall, 2011



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