Ergonomics, Engineering, and Business: Repairing a Tricky Divorce

Per Langaa Jensen (Invited author), Ole Broberg (Invited author), Niels Møller (Invited author)

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses how the ergonomics community can contribute to make ergonomics a strategic element in business decisions on strategy and implementation of strategy. The ergonomics community is seen as a heterogeneous entity made up of educational and research activities in universities, ergonomists and engineers with ergonomic skills, professional ergonomics and engineering societies, and the complex of occupational health and safety regulation. This community interacts in different ways with companies and hereby influences how companies are dealing with ergonomics. The paper argues that desired influential effects on companies are dependent on a concurrent change within the community’s different parts and their interaction with organizations and their surroundings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics
    Number of pages4
    PublisherInternational Ergonomics Association
    Publication date2009
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event17th World Congress on Ergonomics - Beijing, China
    Duration: 2 Aug 20099 Aug 2009
    Conference number: 17

    Conference

    Conference17th World Congress on Ergonomics
    Number17
    CountryChina
    CityBeijing
    Period02/08/200909/08/2009

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    Jensen, P. L., Broberg, O., & Møller, N. (2009). Ergonomics, Engineering, and Business: Repairing a Tricky Divorce. In Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics International Ergonomics Association.