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In this book, first published in 1991, Lisl Klein and Ken Eason look at the various issues involved when attempts are made to make use of the theories, methods and findings of the social sciences in practical affairs. They consider how human and social considerations may be successfully integrated with technical and economic ones in the design and development of organisations and work. Their study is both empirical and theoretical. Its core is the examination of fourteen case studies from manufacturing and service organisations in Britain and Germany. The book concludes with a discussion of what contributes to a successful practice. Its findings will be invaluable to all social scientists interested in the application of their disciplines as well as to potential clients in the world of business and industry.
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- Date Published: February 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521378482
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
Preface: why bother?
List of abbreviations
Part I. Issues in Social Science Utilisation:
2. Issues of content: the use of knowledge and the dynamics of action
3. A framework for diagnosis
4. A practical profession
Part II. An Empirical Study of Social Science Utilisation:
5. The research programme
6. Cases in organisational structure and policy
7. Cases in technical systems development
8. Cases in behavioural change/problem-solving for specific groups
9. Cases in behavioural change/development for management
10. The content and process of social science utilisation
11. What supports and hinders social science utilisation
12. Five practitioners
13. The work of the Commission for Economic and Social Change in Germany
Part III. Discussion:
14. A collaborative venture
15. Elements of practice
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