PURPOSE - To explore the value of utilising a holistic ergonomic approach, covering engineering,
cognitive, and social perspectives, to cultivate beneficial and productive CIS systems and
environments, specifically with regard to three main CIS pillars (control, communication and
DESIGN / METHODOLOGY / APPROACH - A qualitative research approach, based on a selective corpus
of CIS literature, was utilised to perform a content analysis to note if terms and concepts
normally associated with engineering, cognitive and social ergonomics can be used to eliminate
terms reflecting issues related to three CIS pillars (control, communication and awareness) that
can benefit from a holistic ergonomic approach.
FINDINGS - The content analysis revealed that a fairly extensive amount of holistic ergonomic
terminology is prominent within the CIS literature, therefore establishing a connection between
the two disciplines: Collaborative Information Seeking and Ergonomics. This suggests that CIS
system issues could benefit from the insights of a holistic ergonomic approach.
RESEARCH LIMITATIONS / IMPLICATIONS - Since this is an exploratory study the scope of CIS
literature utilised in the content analysis was limited to a selection considered most important by
the authors; this should be supplemented by further research.
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS - Intended to instigate interest in further exploration of the beneficial and
productive implications and practical application of holistic ergonomics in designing CIS
systems and environments.
ORIGINALITY / VALUE - This is the first research article in the LIS literature that explores the
potential of utilising holistic ergonomics to cultivate CIS systems and environments.
Phairah, Kudakwashe C.(University of Pretoria, 2015)
Forest machine operators are still experiencing work-related musculoskeletal disorders
(WMSDs) despite extensive mechanisation and modernisation of harvesting systems.
However, paucity of local ergonomics research and ...
Grobler, S.H. (Susanna Helena)(University of Pretoria, 2013-07-29)
When implementing a managed healthcare intervention among a working population, evidence-based healthcare is critical. In the current study, the change of work posture of sewing-machine operators from seated to stand-up ...