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Title: Using cognitive work analysis to explore activity allocation within military domains
Authors: Jenkins, DP
Stanton, NA
Walker, GH
Young, MS
Keywords: Activity allocation;Aviation;Planning;Military;CWA
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Ergonomics. In press
Abstract: Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA) is frequently advocated as an approach for the analysis of complex sociotechnical systems. Much of the current CWA literature within the military domain pays particular attention to its initial phases; Work Domain Analysis and Contextual Task Analysis. Comparably, the analysis of the social and organisational constraints receives much less attention. Through the study of a helicopter Mission Planning System (MPS) software tool, this paper describes an approach for investigating the constraints affecting the distribution of work. The paper uses this model to evaluate the potential benefits of the social and organisational analysis phase within a military context. The analysis shows that, through its focus on constraints the approach provides a unique description of the factors influencing the social organisation within a complex domain. This approach appears to be compatible with existing approaches and serves as a validation of more established social analysis techniques.
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