Title: Socio-technical issues in professional translation practice
Authors : Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen
Massey, Gary
et. al : No
Published in : Translation practice in the field : current research on socio-cognitive processes
Pages : 105
Pages to: 122
Publisher / Ed. Institution : John Benjamins
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Series : Benjamins Current Topics
Series volume: 105
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Organizational ergonomics; Socio-technical system; Translation practice; Workplace research; Translation constraint; Situated cognition
Subject (DDC) : 418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: According to the International Ergonomics Association, a focus on organizational ergonomics recognizes that people work within socio-technical systems that encompass tools, equipment, and computer interfaces as well as other actors in their professional environment and networks. In recent research, we have started investigating such socio-technical factors from an ergonomic perspective. Observations at professional workplaces, responses to questionnaires, and indepth interviews with translators suggest that their perceived self-determination is more important to the success of socio-technical change than the technological developments themselves. A lack of involvement in decision-making at the workflow level may explain why so many translators have been resistant to taking new technology on board. We discuss how a feedback culture could mitigate many socio-technical issues by giving translators a voice in change and empowering them to contribute to organizational learning and growth.
Further description : Previously published in Translation Spaces 6:1 (2017)
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Publication type: Book part
DOI : 10.1075/bct.105.06ehr
ISBN: 978-90-272-0397-7
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17988
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