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Prospective Ergonomics

Prospective Ergonomics

André Liem

ISBN: 978-1-119-47522-4

Oct 2017, Wiley-ISTE

188 pages



This book argues for a prospective turn in ergonomics to challenge the established fields of strategic design (SD) and management. Differences, similarities and relationships between strategic design and prospective ergonomics are being reviewed using existing theories and frameworks from design, ergonomics, strategic and innovation management. To complement the theoretical part, 12 cases have been analyzed in greater depth according to 4 main dimensions of analysis. Outcomes have shown that innovating through PE approach is about finding the right balance between on one hand meeting primary objectives, such as profit maximization or solving the design problem, and on the other hand acknowledging that human activity is bounded by rationality. This means that humans have diverse motives and intentions, connected to their well-being, personal interest and ambitions, family relations, and cultural values to make and transform the world in which they live or want to live.

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1. Perspectives and Transitions in Ergonomics.

2. Management and Ergonomic Approaches toward Innovation and Design.

3. Ergonomic Interventions on Management Frameworks.

4. Research Organisation.

5. Analysis of 12 Design Case Studies.

6. Cross-comparison of Cases.