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Professor Ken Eason

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Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Ergonomics

Ken Eason graduated in psychology from Brunel University in 1968 and obtained a PhD at Loughborough University in management decision-making in 1981.  In 1994 he was awarded an Honorary DSc by Chalmers University, Gothenburg in Sweden. 

He became a lecturer at Loughborough in 1971 and before his retirement in 2002 he was Director of the HUSAT Research Institute, Head of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of the Research School in Ergonomics and Human Factors. Since 2002 he has remained an active researcher and a supervisor of PhD students.

Research Group: Human Factors and Complex Systems

Research Interests

Sociotechnical systems theories of work organisation. The impact of new technology on people at work. User-centred, participative and sociotechnical approaches to the implementation of IT systems and organisational change.

His current research interest is the adoption of electronic patient record systems in the National Health Service and their role in the integration of health and social care for the elderly.

  • Eason K. D. (1988) ‘Information Technology and Organisational Change’ London;Taylor and Francis 1988

  • Eason K.D. (2007)‘Local sociotechnical system development in the NHS National Programme for Information Technology’ Journal of Information Technology 22 257-264

  • Eason K.D. (2009) ‘Before the Internet: The Relevance of Socio-technical Systems Theory to Emerging Forms of Virtual Organisation’ International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development, April-June 1, 2 23-32

  • Eason K.D. (2009) ‘The National Health Service National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT): A Socio-technical Systems Perspective’ In Currie W. and Finnegan D. (eds)  ‘Integrating healthcare with information and communications technology’ Radcliffe, Oxford 183-204

  • Eason K. D., Dent M., Waterson P., Tutt D., and Thornett A.(2012) Bottom up and middle out approaches to electronic patient information systems: A focus on healthcare pathways  Informatics in Primary Care 20:1 51-56

  • Eason K. D., Dent M., Waterson P., Tutt D., Hurd P. and Thornett A. (2012)  Getting the benefit from electronic patient information that crosses organisational boundaries  Final Report NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme, November 2012     http://www.netscc.ac.uk/hsdr/projdetails.php?ref=08-1803-226

  • Eason, K.D. and Waterson, P.E. (2013) The Implications of e-health system delivery strategies for integrated healthcare: lessons from the UK and elsewhere. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 82(5) 96-106 Doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2012.11.004