Methodological issues in systems Human Factors and Ergonomics: Perspectives on the research–practice gap, reliability and validity, and prediction

Paul M. Salmon*, Gemma J. M. Read, Guy H. Walker, Nicholas J. Stevens, Adam Hulme, Scott McLean, Neville A. Stanton

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Abstract

The changing nature of work and society, and a proliferation of complex global challenges, is increasing the need for systems Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE). The discipline is well equipped to respond, but there remain a number of longstanding issues preventing systems HFE from realizing its full impact. There is a research–practice gap, a lack of reliability and validity evidence associated with systems HFE methods, and a shortage of methods that can predict behavior. In this article we revisit each issue, with each co-author providing their own perspective on the extent and causes of each issue, and their resolution. The perspectives reveal a consensus that the issues exist and are problematic but are challenging, multi-factorial, and require various solutions. The findings are subsequently synthesized to form an agenda for the wider discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-19
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries
Volume32
Issue number1
Early online date6 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • methods
  • prediction
  • reliability and validity
  • research–practice gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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