Constructive Ergonomics

Pierre Falzon

September 26, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 294 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482235623 - CAT# K23069

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  • Provides a new framework and new objectives to the discipline and to the practice of ergonomics/human factors
  • Presents development as a fundamental goal of ergonomics/human factors and as a factor of health and performance
  • Advocates a constructive view of interventions, grounded in actual practice
  • Proposes an articulation between ergonomics/human factors and economics/capability theory
  • Explains the methodologies for analyzing and designing work, systems, and organizations


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.


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