Broadening horizons: Current applications of sociotechnical perspectives and future directions

Date/Time: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 10.00am - 3.30pm

Wilkes Room 2, BCS, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

£20 BCS Members, £25 non-BCS Members, £10 Students including 20% VAT.

The BCS Sociotechnical Group promotes the view that in developing, using and studying IT systems, it is essential to give due weight to both social and technical factors. Whilst there is a rich tradition of research in this area and contemporary analyses of major projects such as the National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS, recent times have witnessed increasingly diverse applications of sociotechnical approaches in response to a range of organisational challenges. These include promoting green behaviour, workspace design, social care and child welfare, risk assessment and the management of crowd behavior and crowd events. With this in mind the aims of this workshop are:

  • To build awareness of these exciting advances and their impact on practice
  • To stimulate discussion on possible future applications of a sociotechnical approach
  • To identify opportunities for interdisciplinary research in this area


10:00 - 10:30 -  Registration & tea/coffee
10:30 - 10:45 -  Introduction - Dr Craig Shepherd & Dr Jose Abdelnour-Nocera
10:45 - 11:15 -  Rose Challenger, Socio-Technical Centre, Leeds University Business School
11:15 - 11:45 -  Professor David Wastell, Nottingham University Business School
11:45 - 12:15 -  Dr Matthew Davis, Socio-Technical Centre, Leeds University Business School
12:15 - 13:15 -  Buffet lunch
13:15 - 13:45 -  Guy Dewsbury, freelance consultant

13:45 - 14:15 -  Professor Ken Eason, Loughborough University and the Bayswater Institute

14:15 - 14:45 -  Tea/coffee
14:45 - 15:30 -  Discussion: Reflections and future directions
15:30 -  Close

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