HIGNETT, S. and WILSON, J.R., 2004. Horses for courses – but no favourites. A reply to three commentaries. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 5 (6), pp. 517-525.
Our paper (Hignett and Wilson 2004) has elicited a range of responses from the
commentaries. Hancock and Szalma (2004), and Desnoyers (2004), are largely
supportive of embracing the challenge to take a wider perspective for the theoretical
foundations for ergonomics, whilst Kanis (2004) looks in detail at operational
issues citing two examples where both qualitative and quantitative
approaches could be used. We have achieved our aim of provoking a discussion
and are heartened by the support for the use of qualitative methodology in
ergonomics research and practice.