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Reliability and RiskThe Challenge of Managing Interconnected Infrastructures$
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Paul Schulman and Emery Roe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804793933

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804793933.001.0001

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Our Framework in a Comparative Analytic Perspective

Our Framework in a Comparative Analytic Perspective

(p.108) Chapter 6 Our Framework in a Comparative Analytic Perspective
Reliability and Risk

Emery Roe

Paul R. Schulman

Stanford University Press

Current models of ICISs often assume a cat’s-cradle of interconnectivity, in which everything is connected to everything else. This chapter calls that assumption into question from the perspective of both the framework presented and the empirical evidence from managing reliability and risk at the ICIS level. A review of the literature shows that infrastructures are typically managed so as to prevent interinfrastructural cascades, and there are far fewer cascades than current models would lead us to expect. The case study also supports that finding, and the chapter gives many examples of both positive and negative instances of interinfrastructural connectivity. One important implication from both the primary and the secondary research is that there is a fundamental difference between system-failure and system-normal operations in ICISs in terms of time and scale.

Keywords:   Systems modeling versus empirical findings, critical infrastructures, ICISs, system failure versus normal operations

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