An Organizational Study into the Concept of Automation in a Safety Critical Socio-technical System

Abstract : Although automation has been introduced in all areas of public life, what seems to be missing is a reflection at the organizational or societal level about a policy of automation. By this we intend appropriate declarations made at the level of rationale, future plans and strategies to achieve intended goals and most importantly how those achievements will impact on various aspects of societal life, from legal responsibilities to moral and socio economic issues. In some public spheres these issues are becoming quite controversial because automation opens up possibilities of profound structural re-organization; however, we lack a discussion across and within different work domains to help us review methods or even methodological principles needed to gather and organize knowledge towards the construction of automation policies. This paper uses the UK service organization for Air Traffic Management Domain called NATS – National Air traffic Service, as a case study to illustrate an example of an organization currently undertaking critical self-reflection about automation policy or lack of such, along with the illustration of some unresolved deep concerns raised by the development, introduction, and continued use of automation.
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Paola Amaldi, Anthony Smoker. An Organizational Study into the Concept of Automation in a Safety Critical Socio-technical System. 3rd Human Work Interaction Design (HWID), Dec 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp.183-197, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-41145-8_16⟩. ⟨hal-01463387⟩

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