A Susceptibility Model for Organizational Accidents

  • Douglas Minnema
  • Monique Helfrich
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 969)


Social epidemiology “is a branch of epidemiology that focuses particularly on the effects of social-structural factors on states of health. Social epidemiology assumes that the distribution of advantages and disadvantages in a society reflects the distribution of health and disease. It proposes to identify societal characteristics that affect the pattern of disease and health distribution in a society and to understand its mechanisms” [1]. Social epidemiology studies the factors that affect the susceptibility of a population to disease. The authors of this paper believe that there are strong parallels between the susceptibility of populations to disease and the susceptibility of organizations to the occurrence and distribution of accidents. This paper will discuss some of those parallels and possible approaches to understanding and reducing an organization’s susceptibility to accidents.


Organizational accidents Social epidemiology Culture Susceptibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Minnema
    • 1
  • Monique Helfrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington D.C.USA

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