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Constructive Ergonomics

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Author/Editor(s): Pierre Falzon
Publication Date: September 26, 2014
ISBN-10: 1482235625
ISBN-13: 978-1482235623
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: CRC Press
Size: 1.61 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

The goal for ergonomics has always been to adapt work, work environments, and machines to humans. But is this goal still sufficient? Does it satisfy the needs of the individual or of societies and organizations as they operate now? Constructive Ergonomics provides an answer to these questions. Rooted both in the academic world and in the world of practitioners of the domain, it details a constructive, developmental view where ergonomics seeks to eliminate the factors and conditions that impede performance and development.

This book advocates that ergonomics cannot remain content with a limited and static view of adaptation, a view that would restrict its goal to designing systems that are suited to work as it is defined at a certain point in time, to workers as they are at a particular moment, and to organizations as they operate here and now. Author Pierre Falzon argues that the objective of ergonomics must be the development of individuals, based on setting up situations of action that lead to increased success and to the acquisition or construction of know-how, knowledge, and skills.

The global framework presented in this book revises profoundly the goals of the discipline, elucidating a novel approach to work, health, and performance shored up by integration models from economics and management theory. An exploration of an innovative, developmental view of ergonomics, the book redefines the ambition of the discipline and describes the elements of its scope. It provides a solid and new conceptual background and methodological tools for intervening in real-life contexts.

About the Author

Pierre Falzon, PhD, is full professor of ergonomics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, an academic institution located in Paris, France. He has published or edited several books about ergonomics in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. Dr. Falzon served as president of the International Ergonomics Association from 2003 to 2006. He has been awarded the Distinguished International Colleague Award by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA).


... most ergonomic approaches try to minimize the inconveniences of everyday work and life, and to solve the health risks and problems created by unsuitable working and living conditions. Interestingly, many outstanding ergonomists who contributed to this book describe a possible and novel direction for developing ergonomics using two key words, namely, constructive and development, which are different than the traditional viewpoint of ergonomists. I expect that this book will have a strong impact and throw new light on the future of ergonomics, not only for experts but also for students in the field of ergonomics and design.

--Satoshi Muraki, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
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