Crossing the Border

The Social and Engineering Design of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems

  • J. Martin Corbett
  • Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen
  • Felix Rauner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. J. Martin Corbett, Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen, Felix Rauner
    Pages 1-3
  3. J. Martin Corbett, Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen, Felix Rauner
    Pages 5-19
  4. J. Martin Corbett, Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen, Felix Rauner
    Pages 83-97
  5. J. Martin Corbett, Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen, Felix Rauner
    Pages 99-131
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 133-135

About this book


Crossing the Border examines the emergence of a new philosophy based on the idea of "human-centred technology" and, through the use of a case study, illustrates the ways in which users, social scientists, managers and engineers can participate in the design and development of human-centred computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) system. The book offers a unique insight into a large European project (ESPRIT project 1217) aimed at the design and development of a human-centred CIM system. The book examines the problems inherent in developing interdisciplinary design methods and of "crossing the border" between the social and engineering sciences. The authors offer proposals and guidelines for overcoming such problems based on their experience within this project. Crossing the Border will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners in the area of factory automation, to students and researchers in AI, and to all those interested in the human and organisational issues surrounding the computerised factory of the future.


CIM Computer-integrated manufacturing artificial intelligence automation computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) human-centered technology human-machine interaction philosophy social shaping

Authors and affiliations

  • J. Martin Corbett
    • 1
  • Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen
    • 2
  • Felix Rauner
    • 3
  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Institute of Social ScienceDanish Technical UniversityLyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Vocational Education, Institute of Technology and EducationUniversity of BremenBremen 33Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19613-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1778-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-0856
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