Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology provides full coverage of the British Psychological Society's training requirements for becoming a chartered occupational psychologist and complies with European training guidelines for industrial, work, and organizational psychology. This book will prompt and inspire further reading and research as well as ideas for dissertations, problem formulation and the creative application of knowledge to various situations.

Human-Machine Interaction

Human-machine interaction

If one views technology not simply as hardware but as a process in which flows of knowledge and artefacts are generated and diffused through the process of invention, use and exchange, it is clear that an individual organisation is itself but one site for the shaping of the technology that it applies.

(Corbett, 1994: 207)


Widespread adoption of computer technology for everyday work, coupled with increased automation of jobs (across manufacturing and service sectors) and advances in microprocessor-based technology, have heightened the salience of the interface between employees and machines. The design of human-machine systems and artefacts is ever more critical to individual and, ultimately, organizational performance. The study of the human-machine interface can be approached from a range of disciplines such as engineering, ...

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