Organizational politics, advanced engineering systems, and human factors

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In order to be effective, human factors interventions must have a better understanding of technology and the processes within organizations which shape both technology and its effects on the work that human beings do. Rather then being primarily determined by the capabilities and characteristics of technology, it is argued that the organizational outcomes of technological change are a product of political processes of choice and social negotiations within adopting organizations. Technical influences, though, are seen as one important factor enabling and constraining the process of choice and negotiation. Some of the implications of this view for human factors considerations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalThe International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes

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