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How can ergonomics influence design? Moving from research findings to future systems
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial ergonomics .
School of Library/Information Mgmt., Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801, United States.
2004 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, Vol. 47, no 15, 1624-1639 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ergonomics design is about the creation of future work. So how can ergonomics research support and inform design if its findings are cast in a language oriented towards current work derived from field observations or laboratory settings? In this paper we assess instances of three different strands (experimental, ethnomethodological, and surveys) of ergonomics research on paper flight strips in air traffic control, for how they analytically confront future work and how they make the findings relevant or credible with respect to future work. How these justifications come about, or how valid (or well argued for) they are, is rarely considered in the ergonomics literature. All three strands appear to rely on rhetoric and argument as well as method and analysis, to justify findings in terms of their future applicability. Closing the gap between research results and future work is an important aim of the ergonomic enterprise. Better understanding of the processes necessary to bridge this gap may be critical for progress in ergonomics research and for the use of its findings in actual design processes. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

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2004. Vol. 47, no 15, 1624-1639 p.
Keyword [en]
Design, Epistemology, Ergonomics research, Ethnography, Technology transfer
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45557DOI: 10.1080/00140130412331290853OAI: diva2:266453
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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