Theses and Dissertations


Strawderman, Lesley

Committee Member

Burch, Reuben F., V.

Committee Member

Smith, Brian

Committee Member

Chander, Harish

Committee Member

Marett , Kent

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Safety, quality, and production are critical factors that impact an enterprise organization’s success in industries where tasks are human-centered. One emerging area to help mitigate safety related concerns while enhancing quality and production is wearable technology. More specifically, studies have shown that wearable exoskeletons can prevent awkward posturing and excessive bending and reaching tasks. These are areas that can result in injuries and lost time for employees. While literature has shown that these devices can help prevent injuries and can assist employees with their job tasks, these devices are new, which can make critical stakeholders of an enterprise organization skeptical about adopting these devices. This dissertation studies the technology acceptance of the front-line workforce, human resources (HR), and subject matter experts (SMEs) within the industrial sector.