Humaneering is an emerging applied science with the goal of maximizing the actualization and achie-vement of individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and other complex systems dependent on human effectiveness. Humaneering combines, synthesizes and field-tests knowledge drawn from more than 100 scientific disciplines - including biology, psychology, sociology and philosophy and other relevant disciplines (such as complex adaptive systems, behavioural economics, and operations management) - plus new knowledge arising from humaneering field experiments and problem-solving applications. 

The initial focus for humaneering has been the development of both diagnostic and prescriptive protocol for the optimal design and management of human work, with emphasis on “knowledge work” (i.e., work that is dependent on human capabilities such as expertise, empathy, commitment, creativity, initiative, and other voluntary self-directed human behaviours)[1]. Application results include (a) operational and financial improvement, (b) higher utilization of human potential, (c) combined increases of employee productivity and job satisfaction, (d) resolution of longstanding workforce management challenges, and (e) reduced time and effort required for day-to-day managing. 

Read the full article on "Humaneering" by John Heap (EANPC President) here: 

[1] Pepitone, J. S. (2002, May). A case for humaneering. IIE Solutions, 39-44.

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