Field studies in modern work systems and analysis of recent major accidents have pointed to a need for better models of the adaptive behavior of individuals and organizations operating in a dynamic and highly competitive environment. The paper presents a discussion of some key characteristics of the predictive models required for the design of work supports systems, that is,information systems serving as the human-work interface. Three basic issues are in focus: 1.) Some fundamental problems in analysis and modeling modern dynamic work systems caused by the adaptive nature of human behavior; 2.) The basic difference between the models of system functions used in engineering and design and those evolving from basic research within the various academic disciplines and finally 3.) The models and methods required for closed-loop, feedback system design.
|Title of host publication||IEA Symposium on Human Factors in Design for Manufaturability|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
|Event||12t Congress of the International Ergonomics Society - Toronto, Canada|
Duration: 16 Aug 1994 → 17 Aug 1994
|Conference||12t Congress of the International Ergonomics Society|
|Period||16/08/1994 → 17/08/1994|