Sociotechnical theory and NEC system design

Guy H Walker, Neville A Stanton, Daniel P Jenkins, Paul M Salmon, Mark S Young, Amerdeep Aujla

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    3 Citations (Scopus)


    The term 'Sociotechnical' is much more than merely a buzzword, it is a set of theories and concepts that seek to jointly optimize the co-evolution of organizations and technology. In this paper we show how the specification of a set of basic sociotechnical principles (responsible autonomy, adaptability and meaningfulness of tasks) could help to create the initial conditions from which shared awareness (through peer to peer interaction) and agility (through Effects Based Operations, semi-autonomous groups and increased tempo) create self-synchronization (synergy, with simple organizations undertaking more complex tasks). Sociotechnical theory has further advantage of a long legacy in theoretical and applied settings, one that future work aims to exploit in order to help realize the vision that NEC promises.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, EPCE 2007, Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007. Proceedings
    EditorsDon Harris
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73331-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73330-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - Beijing, China
    Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    Conference7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Abbreviated titleEPCE 2007
    OtherHeld as Part of HCI International 2007


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