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Recurrent themes and developments in the history of the ergonomics society

: Waterson, P.; Sell, R.

urn:nbn:de:0011-n-211775 (812 KByte PDF)
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Created on: 20.05.2004

Kaiserslautern, 2003, VIII, 83 pp. : Ill., Lit.
IESE-Report, 060.03/E
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IESE ()

This paper provides an outline of the main historical developments and recur-rent themes that have taken place in history of the Ergonomics Society (ES) over 50 years. Alongside a chronology of significant events during the period 1949-1999, a set of issues raised by interviews with prominent members of the ES and other historical materials, we focus specifically on seven main areas: the growth and influence of the ES (e.g., internationalization, membership changes); external relations (e.g., press and public relations); publications (e.g., Society journals and key texts); key individuals and institutions; influence on government and other bodies (e.g., participation in committees and inquiries); and, image and identity (e.g., changes to the image of the ES over time). We conclude the paper with a summary and discussion of the key developments in the history, as well as the outstanding challenges for the future.