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From telephones to iPhones: Applying systems thinking to networked, interoperable products

Walker, Guy H., Stanton, Neville A., Jenkins, Daniel P. and Salmon, Paul M. (2009) From telephones to iPhones: Applying systems thinking to networked, interoperable products Applied Ergonomics, 40, (2), pp. 206-215. (doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2008.04.003).

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An expanding array of consumer products have the facility to have things added in and plugged on, their firmware upgraded, and as yet un-thought of future capability supported. In short, more and more products can be connected to something and/or someone, and in doing so are slowly adapting to the current day state of modernity that is called ‘the information age’. Inevitably, this brings with it changes in the way that products should be thought about and designed. The purpose of this paper is to try and help product designers and Ergonomists to get a grip on all the complexity and non-linearity that the information age brings with it, and help make themselves and their increasingly networked and interoperable products at home in it. Our case study, Apple's new iPhone, serves as a pertinent example.

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Published date: March 2009
Keywords: sociotechnical systems theory, product design, mobile phones


Local EPrints ID: 73977
ISSN: 0003-6870
PURE UUID: 429089c4-b26b-4fc8-b693-7ad076e5dd5e

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:47

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Author: Guy H. Walker
Author: Daniel P. Jenkins
Author: Paul M. Salmon

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