Work organization and ergonomics.


Journal Article

This paper examines the impact of sociotechnical and business trends on work organization and ergonomics. This analysis is performed with the use of Balance Theory (Smith and Carayon-Sainfort, Int. J. Ind. Ergon. 1989, 4, 67-79). The impact on work organization and the work system of the following sociotechnical and business trends is discussed: re-structuring and re-organizing of companies, new forms of work organization, workforce diversity, and information and communication technology. An expansion of Balance Theory, from the design of work systems to the design of organizations, is discussed. Finally, the issue of change is examined. Several elements and methods are discussed for the design of change processes.

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Cited Authors

  • Carayon, P; Smith, MJ

Published Date

  • December 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 649 - 662

PubMed ID

  • 11132049

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11132049

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-9126

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-6870

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0003-6870(00)00040-5


  • eng