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Macroergonomics: Theory, Methods, and Applications (Human Factors and Ergonomics)by Barbara M. Birch
Synopses & Reviews
This book's primary objective is to provide a comprehensive coverage of ergonomics in overall work system analysis and design. It provides a summary of the historical development of macroergonomics. It explains how an understanding of macroergonomics can lead to improvements in such things as reducing work-related lost time accidents; and describes the methods and tools used in work system analysis and design. Throughout, the integrating theme is that the full potential of an organization--in terms of productivity, safety, health, and Quality of Work Life (QWL)--can't be met unless the overall work system is designed to conform with the characteristics of its technology, personnel subsystem, and the external environment upon which it depends for its survival and success. Using a sociotechnical systems approach, this text discusses the application of macroergonomics to training system development, hazard management, technology transfer, large scale organizational change projects, office and factory automation, community planning and development, and job design. For each of these applications, actual case examples will be included.
The book will appeal to teachers of introductory human factors/ergonomics courses as a supplemental text or as the primary text for a course fully devoted to macroergonomics. In addition, it should also appeal to practicing ergonomists internationally as a "must" add to their personal professional libraries.
Book News Annotation:
A subdiscipline of ergonomics, macroergonomics is concerned with the design of work systems. Eighteen chapters introducing the discipline and examining some recent applications are presented by Hendrick (Hendrick and Associates, an ergonomics consultancy firm) and Kleiner (industrial and systems engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Early chapters look at assessment of work structures, relationships between job design and productivity, and laboratory and field research in macroergonomics. Chapters devoted to applications focus on reducing work-related injuries, the use of information and communications technologies, hazard management, training systems development, considerations in technology transfer, and case studies of the macroergonomic root causes of large scale industrial accidents such as Bhopal and Chernobyl.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This macroergonomics book is concerned with the analysis, design and evaluation of work systems. The goal of macroergonomics is to optimize the work design, organization and performance.
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