Category Archives: Part 2: Fundamental issues for practitioners

Chapter 12: Becoming a Human Factors/Ergonomics Practitioner

by Andrew Baird, Claire Williams and Alan Ferris Practitioner summary An effective human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) practitioner has a blend of knowledge, skills, abilities and other factors (KSAOs) that allow for the development of solutions to what are often complex client needs … Continue reading

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Chapter 11: Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods in Practice: The Right Tool for the Right Job

by Matthew Trigg and Richard Scaife Practitioner summary Tool selection in human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) is very important, but the right knowledge of the person using the outputs from the tool is critical for success. Understanding the client’s need requires … Continue reading

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Chapter 10: The Challenges of Practice-Oriented Research

by Claire Williams and Paul M. Salmon Practitioner summary Practice-oriented research looks to produce knowledge that practitioners and others can do something with, rather than simply to further describe a problem. However, using research to generate instrumental knowledge is challenging; … Continue reading

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Chapter 9: Integrating Research into Practice in Human Factors and Ergonomics

by Amy Z.Q. Chung, Ann Williamson and Steven Shorrock Practitioner summary This chapter explores the perceived barriers to the use of research for human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) professionals, examines the implications of the research-practice gap for HF/E as a profession and discipline, … Continue reading

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Chapter 8: Organisational Contexts for Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice

by Steven Shorrock and Claire Williams Practitioner summary The way HF/E fits within an organisation and interacts with other organisations is integral to HF/E in practice. In this chapter, we consider four broad contexts of HF/E practice via interviews with … Continue reading

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Chapter 7: Human Factors and Ergonomics Practitioner Roles

by Claire Williams and Steven Shorrock Practitioner summary Human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) practitioners do not all work in the same way. We take on various roles depending on the situation and context, and our own preferred ways of working. We … Continue reading

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