Cognitive Work Analysis and Knowledge Elicitation

In late November last year, we announced the HTO group’s new composition. The Health, Technology and Organization (HTO) Group merged with the Technology in Human Reasoning (TiHR) Group to form the new HTO Group (Human, Technology and Organization). With this change we suddenly became twice as many members, and we can still benefit from the now established HTO blog and the social media profile. This is my first blogpost, so let me introduce you to the most recent research results from TiHR, which we now further develop under the HTO-hat. More of the material from TiHR will appear here if and when it is updated and becomes relevant again. In this blogpost, I focus on the two most recently completed PhD works by Anton Axelsson and Ida Löscher.

As previously announced, Ida Löscher successfully defended her thesis Aiming at Moving Targets: Applying Cognitive Work Analysis to Work Domains in Transition on February 27th, see for Ida’s summary and the seven papers in her thesis. Opponent was Professor Catherine Burns from University of Waterloo, Canada. And almost exactly one year ago (March 8th2019), Anton Axelsson defended his dissertation Knowledge Elicitation as Abstraction of Purposive Behaviour. Opponent was Professor John Flach from Wright State University, Ohio, US. For Anton’s thesis, see

Both theses belong to the tradition of analysis of cognitive work that was initiated by Jens Rasmussen and later developed by Kim Vicente, and with roots in the theory tradition called Ecological Psychology.

Anders Arweström Jansson
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