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Eureka Project 1173 - HITOP Development

Method to Manage Implementation of Technological Change through Integration of Technological-Human Factors - Otherwise know of HITOP-D or HITOP Development, where HITOP means High Integration of Technology, Organisation and People. HITOP is a systematic method that is an up-front investment in the management of technical change. It allows companies to design their organization and human resources, taking into account the needs of the technology. HITOP has been used successfully by both large and small companies to shorten the time that is necessary for making and balancing changes within the complex and inter-related domains of technology, organization and people. HITOP has also helped companies master the cascading effects of change by involving people within different functions in the change process.

The project aimed to improve the existing version of HITOP by making the method more user-friendly for non-experts working in small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Specific objectives were to:

1. make the method more user friendly and suitable for non-experts so that it can be easily used by SMEs;

2. develop analysis and design tools to support HITOP;

3. strengthen various aspects of the HITOP method;

4. extend the applicability of HITOP.


Keywords: Managing technical change; organisational design; technology implementation; SMEs; Alignment of Strategy, Technology, Organisation and People.


Partners: Cheshire Henbury UK); Centre CIM de Suisse Occidental (CH); Industrial Technology Institute (USA).


Pilot Sites: Swissmetal Boillat (CH); GEC Alsthom T&D (CH); Fabrique de Tabac Reunies, Philip Morris (CH).


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