'Good engineering governance' - an issue for ergonomists

J. V. Nendick, M Hassan, Esmond N Urwin, Grace A Kennedy, Carys E Siemieniuch, Murray A Sinclair

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Abstract

Engineering Governance can be summarised as two questions: 'Are we doing the right things?' and 'Are we doing those things right?'. It forms a part of Corporate Governance, and in the manufacturing domain it is the key to long-term survival amid changing commercial contexts.

The paper will outline some of the ergonomics issues of importance in this topic; 'ownership' of goverrnance; implications for design, production and operation; and, perhaps most important for Ergonomists, the resulting implications for the design of jobs. These implications cover organisational discipline, the inclusion of suitable, 'effort-free' metrics in engineering processes, the allocation of responsibility and authority over resources, support for individuals, the need for trust and a culture of honesty and reliability, and the necessity for
organisational follow-through.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th World Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Maastricht, Netherlands, 6-10 July 2006
PublisherElsevier
ISBN (Electronic)0080450555, 9780080450551
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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