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Dead Reckoning: Air Traffic Control, System Effects, and Risk

Diane Vaughan


Dead Reckoning is an early marine navigational term referring to the prediction of the position of an object in space and time by deduction, without benefit of direct observation or evidence. This book explores dead reckoning in air traffic control in the early twentieth century. The air traffic control system has an extraordinary track record for getting things right. What makes this system so safe, or is it? – and, what is it that air traffic controllers do that technology can’t replace? Controllers work in a large complex organizational system vulnerable to an ever-changing institutional en ... More

Keywords: Air Traffic Control System, Boundary Work, Dead Reckoning, DiMaggio, Paul J, Ethnocognition, Human-Technology Interaction, Institutional Persistence, Institutional Theory, Powell, Walter W, System Effects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226796406
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226796543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Vaughan, author
Columbia University