The Principles of Sociotechnical Design

  title={The Principles of Sociotechnical Design},
  author={Albert B. Cherns},
  journal={Human Relations},
  pages={783 - 792}
  • A. Cherns
  • Published 1 August 1976
  • Engineering
  • Human Relations
Organization Design for Technological Change
The microprocessor revolution is the leading edge of a new "technology system" that in itself underlies a new paradigm of organization. While it is early to completely describe the emerging paradigm,
Control and the future of technology
Abstract The rapid development of computing and control is reviewed and placed in a historical context. Two examples are given to illustrate the present discrepancy between the way in which we deal
From Clansman to Bowman: HFI Principles for NEC System Design
As a consumer of advanced network enabled equipment the Military (like all consumers) has probably become used to a dominant design paradigm; the closed, bureaucratic, inflexible, complex, technology
Revisiting the Sociotechnical Principles for System Design (Clegg, 2000)
In this paper we reflect upon and re-examine the impact of one of the most influential papers in recent years in the field of sociotechnical systems design (Clegg, 2000). In particular, we look at
Sociotechnical Theory and NEC System Design
This paper shows how the specification of a set of basic sociotechnical principles could help to create the initial conditions from which shared awareness and agility create self-synchronization (synergy, with simple organizations undertaking more complex tasks).
Implementation of information technology in office settings: review of relevant literature:
Abstract : The primary aim of this literature review is to survey previous studies of the implementation of innovations in organizations in order to see what light they may shed on the introduction
A Theory of Objective Sizing
The process of building parametric models to estimate the cost of large scale complex systems have recently uncovered unanticipated challenges. The most difficult of which includes the ability to
Ergonomics issues in future systems
The paper starts by discussing some of the historical background to the design of systems and the development of systems thinking, from the perspective of Ergonomics. This is followed by an attempt
A Sociotechnical Method for Designing Work Systems
The method is described in detail using an example drawn from a workshop involving the redesign of a naval command and control (C2) subsystem and is designed for generic use within function allocation and sociotechnical work systems.


Towards A Social Ecology
ing the phenomena to be studied from their natural contexts and submitting them to basic research through experimental manipulation in a laboratory. It is only some time later that possible
The Social System
In the history of sociological theory, Talcott Parsons holds a very special place. His The Structure of Social Action (1937), was a pioneer work that has influenced many social scientists. The
Social Science and Government : Policies and problems
Burns and Saul Social Theory and Economic Change (1967) Hb: 0-415-26495-2 Cherns et al Social Science and Government: Policies and Problems (1972) Hb: 0-415-26496-0 Collins The Use of Models in the