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Appl Ergon. 2014 Jan;45(1):5-13. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.021. Epub 2013 May 16.

Fundamentals of systems ergonomics/human factors.

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Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK. Electronic address: john.wilson@nottingham.ac.uk.

Abstract

Ergonomics/human factors is, above anything else, a systems discipline and profession, applying a systems philosophy and systems approaches. Many things are labelled as system in today's world, and this paper specifies just what attributes and notions define ergonomics/human factors in systems terms. These are obviously a systems focus, but also concern for context, acknowledgement of interactions and complexity, a holistic approach, recognition of emergence and embedding of the professional effort involved within organization system. These six notions are illustrated with examples from a large body of work on rail human factors.

KEYWORDS:

Rail systems; Systems engineering; Systems ergonomics; Systems human factors

PMID:
23684119
DOI:
10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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