Impact assessment of automation technology: comments and methodological views

Ranta, J. (1989). Impact assessment of automation technology: comments and methodological views. In: Analysis, Design and Evaluation of Man–Machine Systems 1988. pp. 433-437 . 10.1016/B978-0-08-036226-7.50077-6.

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The main emphasis of the impacts of automation is usually put on employment and the working environment. However, recent trends of technology and applications of automation indicate that impact chains and cause-consequence relations are very complex, and that technology itself does not play a decisive role regarding impacts and achieved benefits. More essential factors behind the impacts seem to be the goals of application, the organization of the implementing project, the management of design and implementation, and the training of personnel. Accordingly, any research strategy to assess impacts, benefits and costs should take into account these complex interactions to make an overall evaluation. This requires a combination of different approaches, such as interviews, questionnaires, acting research, and participatory design in the form of training and design sessions. Equally important is the integration of different professionals in the assessment work, such as psychologists, social scientists, economists and engineers. The paper presents the experiences obtained by performing multi-disciplinary and multi-approach tasks.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Industrial automation, impact assessment, design management, man-machine systems.
Research Programs: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 14:20
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:40

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