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dc.contributor.authorThomassen, Ole Jacob
dc.contributor.authorHeggen, Kristin
dc.contributor.authorStrand, Roger
dc.PublishedThomassen OJ, Heggen KM, Strand R. Applying Principles of Sociotechnical Systems onto Working Environment Research . Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. 2017;7(S2):51-65eng
dc.description.abstractThe sociotechnical system approach induced a consistent system thinking into the Scandinavian working life research. Workers’ social and psychological needs and technical/systemic conditions were seen as deeply interdependent. However, a distinct field of working environment research, dominated by individual and psychological perspectives, has developed. Indeed, working life itself has undergone substantial transformations. In the shift from first to second modernity (sensu Ulrich Beck), new phenomena (risks) have emerged that challenge workers’ health. This paper discusses the potential of the sociotechnical approach to inspire the specific field of working environment research. Sociotechnical ideas are concerned about the organizational aspects of the working environment and this can challenge the dominance of individual and psychology-centred research. However, it is also necessary to renew the sociotechniocal tradition from within. We suggest a general process of a reflexive modernization of sociotechnical ideas and a stronger connection to the ‘double-hermeneutic’ as an epistemological outset.en_US
dc.publisherAalborg Universityeng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BY-NC-NDeng
dc.subjectpsychosocial working environmenteng
dc.subjectworking environment acteng
dc.titleApplying Principles of Sociotechnical Systems onto Working Environment Researcheng
dc.typeJournal articleeng
dc.typePeer reviewedeng
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2017 The Author(s) and Journaleng
dc.source.journalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies

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