Organizational Context of Human Factors
Final rept. May-Nov 1982,
CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH INC NEW YORK
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Organizational structure is analyzed for the impact it has on the human factors function in military and non-military organizations. The social structures impact upon design engineers, the social role of the operator, and on the human factors engineer is detailed. The impact of equipment upon the operator and upon the social structure is detailed. Design philosophies are contrasted. The low status and power of the human factors engineer is contrasted to the status and power of the design engineer. Top management is seen as largely responsible for the low utilization of good human factors engineering. Recommendations for alleviating this include structural changes, accountability measures, documentation, and unobtrusive changes in socialization and culture in the organization. Examples from the literature and observations are provided.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems