Ergonomics action research I: shifting from hypothesis testing to experiential learning
2012 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 55, no 10, 1127-1139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents the case for the need for 'Action Research' (AR) approaches to gain understanding of how ergonomics considerations can best be integrated into the design of new work systems. The AR researchers work collaboratively with other stakeholders to solve a real-world problem: gaining insight into the problem and factors influencing solution building from an embedded position in the development process. This experience is interpreted in terms of available theory and can support further theory development. This non-experimental approach can help provide practical new approaches for integrating ergonomics considerations into real work system design processes. The AR approach suffers from a lack of acceptance by conventionally trained scientists. This paper aims to help overcome this weakness by developing the underlying theory and rationale for using AR approaches in ergonomics research. We propose further development of hybrid approaches which incorporate other evaluation techniques to extend the knowledge gains from AR projects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 55, no 10, 1127-1139 p.
proactive human factors, work system design, science methodology, ergonomics intervention research
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-107640DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2012.700327ISI: 000311121200001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84867243900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-107640DiVA: diva2:578102
QC 201212182012-12-172012-12-142012-12-17Bibliographically approved