The 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Implications for theory of organizational disaster

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Abstract

Focusing on the interaction of technology and organizational factors, the present paper examines the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill for the purpose of developing a better understanding of the requirements for a theory of organizational disasters. Drawing from literature on organizational disasters, a model of " technology-embedded disasters" is developed and discussed. After outlining the events surrounding the oil spill disaster, the model is employed in analysis of the oil spill. The oil spill case is employed as a means of reflecting on the requirements for an improved model of organizational disaster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume33
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Oil spill
  • Organizational disaster
  • Technology
  • Theory of catastrophic events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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