Essay On Office Automation

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An aspect, that has long since been addressed in design theory, which is how the office automation has impacted on the structure of organisation, now found its way into the social and cultural theory. In the past recent years, computer based technology has become a dominant element in office environments. The aim of technology is not to improve the efficiency in current office works, but to alter the structure of office work. The increase of using automated work system has caused different issues for the organisations. How will this technology impact on traditional office system? .How will it affect members, groups and the structure of the institute?
In the article “The social design of office automation” by Marco Diani, the author discusses on “how a more historical and multi-disciplinary study of social and organisational consequences of office automation is required …creating the artificial environment” (p67). The author also suggests that it is important to combine the multi-disciplinary study on office automation, therefore, some of the following aspects could be used to come up with a consensus based on the commonalities of office automation. (1) How office work changes in its nature and quality. (2)When and how individuals adjust their social identity to handle new jobs and technologies. (3) Which abilities and qualifications have to be restrained and which ones should be developed further.
Firstly author looks at the historical aspect of the office automation. As the author states “Multidisciplinary research seems to take root only when it is directed toward an activist goal…A historical perspective is perhaps the ultimate integrating force in a multidisciplinary field”, his purpose is to give the viewers a better underst...

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...ess of their physical location. Automated system can help improve the ability of the organization to accommodate structural changes
In conclusion, Diani’s purpose is to remind his audience that humans are still important factors in office design. He suggests that scientist and others who study/research how and why offices should be designed in particular ways must equally consider the effects of office design on the people who work in these settings. Diani intends his audience to be scholars and researchers who might be interested in office design from a scientific and functional research perspective. Office design should be “functional” as opposed to “usable” since it seems that Diani invites researchers to understand the notion of usability in relation to compassion for office workers who are now part of a computer-based technology revolution in their offices.

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