Human factors in organizational design and management of industrial plants.
Int J Technol Hum Interact 2008 Jan-Mar; 4(1):113-127
Twenty-five years ago a group of ergonomics scientists predicted the future of the profession and the needed professional response to the anticipated conditions. One of the major conclusions was that organizational design and management factors would be increasingly important. Industry is one domain in which this need has materialized. This article reviews the fundamental concepts having to do with organizational design and management in ergonomics. Specifically, models and methods related to structure and process are described for the analysis and design of complex work systems. Finally, case studies are briefly presented to help validate and illustrate the perspective and methods recommended.
Industrial-environment; Ergonomics; Management-personnel; Models; Analytical-processes; Work-environment; Workers; Humans; Men; Women;
Author Keywords: macroergonomics; organizational design and management
Brian M. Kleiner, Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061
International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University