Sociotechnical approaches to workplace safety: Research needs and opportunities
Author(s)Robertson, Michelle M.; Hettinger, Lawrence J.; Waterson, Patrick E.; Ian Noy, Y.; Dainoff, Marvin J.; Carayon, Pascale; Courtney, Theodore K.; Leveson, Nancy G; ... Show more Show less
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The sociotechnical systems perspective offers intriguing and potentially valuable insights into problems associated with workplace safety. While formal sociotechnical systems thinking originated in the 1950s, its application to the analysis and design of sustainable, safe working environments has not been fully developed. To that end, a Hopkinton Conference was organised to review and summarise the state of knowledge in the area and to identify research priorities. A group of 26 international experts produced collaborative articles for this special issue of Ergonomics, and each focused on examining a key conceptual, methodological and/or theoretical issue associated with sociotechnical systems and safety. In this concluding paper, we describe the major conference themes and recommendations. These are organised into six topic areas: (1) Concepts, definitions and frameworks, (2) defining research methodologies, (3) modelling and simulation, (4) communications and decision-making, (5) sociotechnical attributes of safe and unsafe systems and (6) potential future research directions for sociotechnical systems research.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Robertson, Michelle M. et al. “Sociotechnical Approaches to Workplace Safety: Research Needs and Opportunities.” Ergonomics 58.4 (2015): 650–658.
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