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Distributed cognition at work - A systemic perspective on human based manufacturing
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (User Centred Product Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8369-5471
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0946-7531
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of ICMR 2015 / [ed] Linda Newnes, Aydin Nassehi & Vimal Dhokia, Bath, UK: University of Bath , 2015, 195-200 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cognitive science is becoming increasingly central within human factors & ergonomics and, since at the same time, there has long been a call for a more systemic perspective in the area with a somewhat wider unit of analysis, this paper argues that the theoretical framework of distributed cognition would greatly benefit the area. It would offer a more complete understanding of the user within a greater context, be it social, cultural or materialistic. This paper aims to characterize and analyse the domain of manufacturing as a complex socio-technical system from a distributed cognition perspective; focusing on the use, mediation and integration of different forms of representations, tools and artefacts in this domain.  The paper further proposes and exemplifies benefits of using a distributed cognition framework in the manufacturing domain as studied by human factors and ergonomics.

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Bath, UK: University of Bath , 2015. 195-200 p.
Keyword [en]
distributed cognition, scaffolding, socio-technical systems, human based assembly, manufacturing
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11498ISBN: 1857901878OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11498DiVA: diva2:852472
13th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2015), September 8-10, 2015, University of Bath, UK
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-12-04Bibliographically approved

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