Integrating ergonomics in design processes: a case study within an engineering consultancy firm

Lene Bjerg Sørensen, Ole Broberg

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on a case study within an engineering consultancy firm, where engineering designers and ergonomists were working together on the design of a new hospital sterile processing plant. The objective of the paper is to gain a better understanding of the premises for integrating ergonomics into engineering design processes and how different factors either promote or limit the integration. Based on a grounded theory approach a model illustrating these factors is developed and different hypotheses about how these factors either promote and/or limit the integration of ergonomics into design processes is presented along with the model.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWork: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation
    Volume41
    Issue numberSupplement 1
    Pages (from-to)949-955
    ISSN1051-9815
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • organizational design
    • engineering design processes
    • explorative case study

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    Integrating ergonomics in design processes: a case study within an engineering consultancy firm. / Sørensen, Lene Bjerg; Broberg, Ole.

    In: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, Vol. 41, No. Supplement 1, 2012, p. 949-955.

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