'Good engineering governance' - an issue for ergonomists
conference contributionposted on 09.10.2014, 13:21 by J.V. Nendick, M. Hassan, Esmond Urwin, G.A.L. Ng, Carys Siemieniuch, Murray A. Sinclair
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.
This paper is a product of the ‘Good Engineering Governance’ project (no. 79) within the Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Centre at Loughborough. The Centre is sponsored by the UK Government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and we acknowledge gratefully their support.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering