Groups at work: lessons from research into large-scale coordination


Study of large-scale coordination seeks us to understand work between and across groups beyond earlier conceptions of social human factors. Revealing the complexity of work domains and the subtle yet effective ways that workers negotiate its challenges opens the way to develop support tools that are grounded in a scientific understanding. This first special issue in Large-Scale Coordination shows the breadth of application research from air traffic control to the military and multi-agency emergency response. A second special issue later this year will show depth of research at large scale in healthcare.

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Dr. Nemeth is grateful to each of the contributing authors, particularly those who participated in the original 2005 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society symposium on Large Scale Coordination that formed the genesis for this special issue. His research is sponsored by a grant (R03 LM007947) from the National Library of Medicine, NIH, Valerie Florance, Ph.D., Deputy Director.

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Nemeth, C.P. Groups at work: lessons from research into large-scale coordination. Cogn Tech Work 9, 1–4 (2007).

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  • Large scale
  • Coordination
  • Naturalistic decision making
  • Cognitive systems engineering