Belbin on Inspection: A 50-Year Retrospective

  • Colin G. DruryEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


The Applied Ergonomics Handbook (1970) contained an important reprint of Meredith Belbin’s DSIR paper Inspection and Human Efficiency (1963). Since those years there have been literally hundreds of papers on the role and effectiveness of humans as inspectors, all the way to See et al. (2017) who surveys where human inspection might go in the 21st Century. The current paper examines the prescience of Belbin’s original contribution in the light of significant work before Belbin, his own contribution to the theory and practice of the art, and subsequent developments. The major integrative summaries of inspection are reviewed to demonstrate the ways in which the study of human factors in inspection has changed over this half-century.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Ergonomics Group Inc.BoulderUSA

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