Systems Theory, System Dynamics and Their Contribution to CTSC Risk Management

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This chapter deals with the concepts of systems theory, system dynamics and STAMP (Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes). Feedback, Feedback loop, Causal graph and Delay are introduced as significant notions of system dynamics, which are essential to go on to the next chapter. “Endogenous point of view” is presented as a foundation of system dynamics, which provides endogenous explanations for all phenomena. A main question about CTSC at the present time is whether the technology will be developed progressively up to commercial scales. The question is reformulated in a systems thinking framework to study how dynamics of risks can affect dynamics of CTSC projects, and how interconnections of stakeholders and associated risks can result in the success or failure of a CTSC project. Current dynamics of CTSC are reviewed for the purpose of formulating this question. STAMP major concepts, including safety constraint, hierarchical control structure and process model, are presented in order to understand how STAMP can contribute to study the risks of CTSC projects.


Systems-Theoretic Accident Model And Processes (STAMP) Hierarchical Control Structure Endogenous Point Causal Graph System-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) 
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  1. 1.MINES ParisTechParisFrance
  2. 2.CRCMINES ParisTechSophia-Antipolis CedexFrance

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