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Role of ergonomics in the transfer of technology to industrially developing countries

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Abstract:

Technological development has contributed to economic growth and social progress as well as a reduction of many sources of occupational accidents, injuries and stresses. However, advanced technology has also brought new sources of work stress and injuries. Industrially developing countries (IDC) have tended to try to achieve economic growth and development by importing technology designed for IDC. However, because of several complex technical, cultural and socio-economic factors, this policy has not been always successful. Inappropriate technology transfer has led to many work environment and productivity problems. Consideration of ergonomics in the choice and utilization of the transferred technology can help to create a good fit between technology, technology users and the operating environment. Application of ergonomics is, however, not widely spread in most IDC. Ergonomics input will create the appropriate working environment in which people are safe and motivated to participate and can better utilize company resources for increasing system productivity, reliability and availability.

Keywords: ERGONOMICS; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/001401300409099

Affiliations: Lulea University

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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