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ERIC Number: ED127336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Quantification of the Impact of Technological Changes on Human Resources.
Potter, Norman R.; And Others
The capability to predict human resource requirements based on the introduction of new technology has long been a research objective within psychology. The purpose of this study was to develop a procedure for quantifying the effects of incoming technology. A five-step approach was taken and included critical analysis of the recent literature to review the status of forecasting and assessing technology, and of techniques for predicting the impact of technology on human resources; development of Design Option Decision Trees (DODT) describing two Air Force Systems; synthesis of existing techniques to develop a procedure for measuring the effects of technology on human resources; application of the procedure; and evaluation of the feasibility of the evolved procedure. A procedure integrating the DODT with a modification of the methods of summated ratings was developed to permit quantification of human resource components at design options within the DODT. Using judgmental data collected from an Air Force operational unit, the method developed was evaluated. It was concluded that quantifying human resource components associated with hardware design options by means of a technique incorporating a DODT and a modification of the method of summated ratings was feasible and could provide a usable methodological approach. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Decision Making, Design Preferences, Enlisted Personnel, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Human Resources, Man Machine Systems, Measurement Techniques, Prediction, Problem Solving, Psychological Evaluation, Technological Advancement, Technology, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Advanced Systems Div.
Authoring Institution: Systems Research Labs., Inc., Dayton, OH.