Social aspects of NEC: Information sharing and decision-making

R. J. Houghton*, C. Baber

*Corresponding author for this work

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The concept of networked enabled capability (NEC) is fast becoming integral to many aspects of modern military operations. In this paper, we argue that NEC poses new challenges for human factors integration (HFI) that can be in part addressed with reference to the extant literature on information sharing, shared knowledge and decision making. This situation arises because NEC is to some extent a social technology affecting how groups and teams interact on a mass scale. In many cases such issues were already latent within UK armed forces and other organisations, but the technological capability to network individuals and systems appears likely to bring them focal attention. In particular we address the distinction between sharing information and knowledge, the need to establish transactive networks of human knowledge alongside laying down the physical infrastructure of information networks, and in general warn against the somewhat counterintuitive effects sharing information may have. Throughout we have tried where possible to discuss how the designers of systems can produce systems sympathetic to the cognitive limitations of individuals and - in particular - groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEE and MOD HFI DTC Symposium on People and Systems - Who are we Designing for
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
EventIEE and MOD HFI DTC Symposium on People and Systems - Who are we Designing for - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Nov 200517 Nov 2005

Publication series

NameIET Seminar Digest


ConferenceIEE and MOD HFI DTC Symposium on People and Systems - Who are we Designing for
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Decision making
  • Group processes
  • Information sharing
  • Network enabled capability
  • Shared situation awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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