Contextual assessment of working practices in changing work

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    This article presents a method developed to support working at technologically oriented work settings. This method is known as Contextual Assessment of Working Practices (CAWP). It aims to identify work demands, strengths and weaknesses of the current practices, to explain them and to formulate development objectives. In addition, this paper presents three studies, and described how the method was used in them. Each of the studies challenged the method by a different practical problem and nature of the work thus promoting its development. The studied works were: operation of a conventional power plant, remote expert service for pulp mill and vessel traffic service (VTS). The studies also illustrate the challenges faced in the industry and the expectations placed by current work environments on the work analysis and development methods. The claims on the work analysis methods are concluded on the basis of each study. Also the strengths and weakness of the CAWP method are discussed. This article claims that the management of the change at work is one of the most important ways to support human performance in the socio-technical system and thus to promote system efficiency. Consequently, recognition of the change, understanding it and increasing the preparedness for the future are challenges placed on the work analysis and intervention methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)905 - 930
    Number of pages26
    JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • work demands
    • practices
    • system efficiency
    • human performance
    • professional identity
    • methods
    • CAWP
    • working environment


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