Applied research work analysing and modelling various aspects of human endeavour, working alongside 260 other research scientists and engineers with the benefit some of the best industrial computing resources in the country. Participation in many aspects of the IT revolution from the days when data and programs were "fed" into large mainframe computers on rolls of punched paper tape through to modern desktop systems.
Directed applied behavioural science research projects into many problems like :-
Middle management stress - Human factors design guidelines in adapting computer-based
technology to production control and administrative work settings - Optimisation of shift working patterns for process production workers - Modifying work organisation and practices to reduce stress
Re-design of corporate incentive payment systems to reflect the control discretion of process
workers - Development of safety information systems to increase individual and group observation of safety procedures - Optimising corporate relocation schemes in relation to family & social considerations
New production plant design and reorganisation studies relating management structures, work organisation and reward systems to worker motivation and performance - Research into social and economic problems of early retirement to generate new corporate policy guidelines - mental health problems amongst middle and senior managers
1979 onwards - independent consultant - researching problems like :-
Assessment of passenger reaction to alternative non-smoking policies on main-line rail services
Exploration of market opportunities for off-peak rail service facilities for mothers with children Assessment studies for user-friendly timetable design - Long-haul service provision for business travellers for British Airways - Personnel issues in office relocation - Public consultation about
traffic related stress in West London for Department of Transport - Personal development seminars for ICI senior management - Consumer assessment and market development of art fairs
in New York City - User consultations in the design of public service information systems
Methods to optimise user requirements and aircraft characteristics as input for a medium-haul aircraft design project - New management processes in organisational restructuring, downsizing
and takeovers - Management workshops on various aspects of stress and work/ life balance
Contributed to international conferences and seminars, worked under contract to UNESCO and was a Founder Member of the UK Social Research Association.