AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 198–208 | Cite as

Automate or innervate? The role of knowledge in advanced manufacturing systems

  • J. Martin Corbett
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Abstract

This chapter examines the role of shopfloor knowledge in the operation of advanced manufacturing systems. Design trends towards full automation are contrasted with those toward hybrid, human-centred systems with particular emphasis on job design and the development and reproduction of knowledge. The chapter concludes with a short discussion of the problems inherent in hybrid design.

Keywords

Automation Human-centred technology Systems design Propositional knowledge Practical knowledge 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Martin Corbett
    • 1
  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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