Systemic approaches to incident analysis in aviation: comparison of STAMP, Agent-Based Modelling and Institutions

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The rapid development and increasing complexity of modern socio-technical systems suggest an urgent need for systemic safety analysis approaches because traditional linear models cannot cope with this complexity. In the aviation safety literature, among systemic accident and incident analysis methods, Systems Theoretic Accident Modelling and Processes (STAMP) and Agent-based modelling (ABM) are the most cited ones. STAMP is a qualitative analysis approach known for its thoroughness and comprehensiveness. Computational ABM approach is a formal quantitative method which proved to be suitable for modelling complex flexible systems. In addition, from a legal point of view, formal systemic institutional modelling potentially provides an interesting contribution to accident and incident analysis. The current work compares three systemic modelling approaches: STAMP, ABM and institutional modelling applied to a case study in an aviation domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages13
JournalSafety Science
Early online date3 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Aviation safety
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Incident analysis
  • Norms
  • Socio-technical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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