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Work conditions in transition: a study of work culture and gender issues in a changing technical context
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1367-3277
2007 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over a period of 50 years at Kiruna iron ore mine we can see a transformation of work from underground to remote control at surface level. What characterised the old underground face work was the close relation between man and the hard rock based on hard physical work under dangerous condition. Nowadays the face workers are located up in the sky on level 7 in an office building close to the mine. The contact with the hard rock goes through machines controlled by remote technology. The traditional workplace culture and the macho style have been challenged. The modern technology has created a new type of work, when it comes to competence and knowledge as well as workload. The purpose of the paper is to reflect on the upcoming, and in many aspects already evident, knowledge transformation - from the old and obsolete bodily and tacit knowledge and skills into something new.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Industrial Work Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39810Local ID: eb22bb90-6a67-11dc-9e58-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1013328
International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection : 11/12/2007 - 13/12/2007
Godkänd; 2007; 20070924 (kirhon)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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