ManMachine Systems: People and Technology in OR

Iain Michael Fraser Munro

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    This paper provides an exploration of how different understandings of "man-machine systems" have accompanied developments in Operational Research. In particular, the paper will challenge the notion that we are in a position of mastery with respect to technology. Both Hard OR and Soft OR are criticized for a failure to examine adequately the relationship between people and technology. Toward the end of the paper a new way of understanding this relationship will he proposed in terms of technologies of the self or what Michel Foucault called "ethics."

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999


    • man-machine systems
    • technology
    • rationality
    • emotion
    • free-will
    • technologies of the self
    • ETHICS


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