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Nord Nilsson, L. & Vänje, A. (2018). Occupational safety and health professionals’ skills – A call for system understanding?: Experiences from a co-operative inquiry within the manufacturing sector. Applied Ergonomics, 70, 279-287
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupational safety and health professionals’ skills – A call for system understanding?: Experiences from a co-operative inquiry within the manufacturing sector
2018 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 70, p. 279-287Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sector specific skills in occupational safety and health (OS&H) are crucial for being able to contribute to good work environment and decrease today's high levels of sick absences. Large manufacturing companies are due to tradition good at OS&H and can serve as an interesting context for investigating the knowledge level in the area today, and needs for the future. For this purpose a case study was performed in this sector as a co-operative inquiry, including 10 OS&H professionals (engineers and ergonomists) employed at in-house and external occupational health services (OHS). Professional experiences, good examples from practice and current research were shared jointly within the inquiry. The results show needs to work more preventively than today comprehending aspects as system understanding, integrated work teams, participation, a clear role in change projects plus skills in risk assessments. Skills in how to conduct well-functioning dialogues with stakeholders were also on the agenda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Integrated occupational safety and health, Learning, Participation
National Category
Medical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227528 (URN)10.1016/j.apergo.2018.03.005 (DOI)000436224100033 ()2-s2.0-85044437848 (Scopus ID)
Funder
AFA Insurance, Dnr. 130197
Note

QC 20180522

Available from: 2018-05-22 Created: 2018-05-22 Last updated: 2018-07-17Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. & Brännmark, M. (2017). Walking around the pyramids: Managers’ shop-floor activities in Lean-inspired organizations. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 38(3), 495-512
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Walking around the pyramids: Managers’ shop-floor activities in Lean-inspired organizations
2017 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 38, no 3, p. 495-512Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The approach in this article is to study leadership activities from the shop-floor workers’ perspectives during the implementation of a Lean-inspired production concept – an angle of approach that corresponds to a need for a deeper knowledge of the interactions between organizational structures and the physical work environment. The empirical findings are from a national R&D program called the Production Leap and collected through different methods: semi-structured interviews carried out at eight manufacturing companies, the open-ended part of a longitudinal survey, and participative observations. Lean leadership practices at these companies do not enable the possibilities of developing the technical systems or work relationships between the managers and the shop-floor workers. Instead, they provide the means and activities to circumvent coordination problems and create a feeling of participation. The results here indicate that leadership activities and coordination of work do not, as it is sometimes argued by the proponents of Lean, ‘turn the pyramid’ of power upside down. One reason for this is the lack of social structures in the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
Management, worker participation, working conditions, workplace development
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166471 (URN)10.1177/0143831X15580351 (DOI)000406067000007 ()2-s2.0-85025156169 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20150519

Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2017-08-08Bibliographically approved
Lindskog, P., Vänje, A., Törnkvist, Å. & Eklund, J. (2016). Sustainable Lean in psychiatry?: Assessment through socio-technical principles. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, 8(1), 53-71
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable Lean in psychiatry?: Assessment through socio-technical principles
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 53-71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This paper aims to identify conditions affecting sustainability of Lean implementations in Swedish psychiatric healthcare, from a socio-technical perspective. Design/methodology/approach – Longitudinal focus group interviews were conducted with 24 first-line managers within Swedish psychiatric healthcare. The analysis was made using Cherns’ ten socio-technical principles and a framework for sustainable development work in healthcare. Findings – The most critical socio-technical principles for a sustainable Lean implementation were boundary location; power and authority; and compatibility. At hospital level, socio-technical principles were inhibited by the weak ownership of the Lean implementation. However, strong ownership at division level meant the same principles were supported. Unclear goals made follow-ups difficult which had negative effects on the learning processes in the Lean implementation. The role and responsibility of first-line managers were unclear in that they perceived they lacked power and authority resulting in negative effects on the participation – an important sustainability concept. Originality/value – Empirically based papers assessing Lean implementations in psychiatry are rare. This study is a contribution to the research area of sustainable Lean implementations in healthcare. The practical implication of this study is that decision makers, senior managers, first-line managers and psychiatrists can be supported in reaching sustainable implementations of Lean.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
Keywords
First-line managers, Healthcare, Learning, Participation, Role clarity, Scandinavian
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187218 (URN)10.1108/IJQSS-07-2015-0056 (DOI)000413089500004 ()2-s2.0-84962546084 (Scopus ID)
Funder
AFA Insurance, 100013
Note

QC 20160518

Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved
Nord Nilsson, L. & Vänje, A. (2015). Kollegor eller konkurrenter? : Samverkan i nätverk mellan arbetsmiljöingenjörer, ergonomer samt forskare. In: : . Paper presented at Arbetslivets förhållanden och villkor – mellan kontinuitet och förändring. Arbetsmiljohogskolan Lunds universitet. Forum for arbetslivsforskning (FALF).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kollegor eller konkurrenter? : Samverkan i nätverk mellan arbetsmiljöingenjörer, ergonomer samt forskare
2015 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180325 (URN)
Conference
Arbetslivets förhållanden och villkor – mellan kontinuitet och förändring. Arbetsmiljohogskolan Lunds universitet. Forum for arbetslivsforskning (FALF)
Projects
Implementering av natverk - nyttiggorande av branschkunskap
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

QC 20160121

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved
Vanje, A. (2015). Sick Leave - A Signal of Unequal Work Organizations? Gender perspectives on work environment and work organizations in the health care sector: a knowledge review. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 5(4), 85-104
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sick Leave - A Signal of Unequal Work Organizations? Gender perspectives on work environment and work organizations in the health care sector: a knowledge review
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 85-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The background to this article review is governmental interest in finding reasons why a majority of the employees in Sweden who are on sick leave are women. In order to find answers to these questions three issues will be discussed from a meso-level: (i) recent changes in the Swedish health care sector's working organization and their effects on gender, (ii) what research says about work health and gender in the health care sector, and (iii) the meaning of gender at work. The aim is to first discuss these three issues to give a picture of what gender research says concerning work organization and work health, and second to examine the theories behind the issue. In this article the female-dominated health care sector is in focus. This sector strives for efficiency relating to invisible job tasks and emotional work performed by women. In contemporary work organizations gender segregation has a tendency to take on new and subtler forms. One reason for this is today's de-hierarchized and flexible organizations. A burning question connected to this is whether new constructions of masculinities and femininities really are ways of relating to the prevailing norm in a profession or are ways of deconstructing the gender order. To gain a deeper understanding of working life we need multidisciplinary research projects where gender-critical knowledge is interwoven into research not only on organizations, but also into research concerning the physical work environment, in order to be able to develop good and sustainable work environments, in this case in the health care sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roskilde Universitetsforlag, 2015
Keywords
Development processes, doing gender, gender, interdisciplinary research, work health, sustainable working life, work environment, work organization
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185090 (URN)000372067000006 ()
Note

QC 20160414

Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. (2015). Sick Leave - A Signal of Unequal Work Organizations?: Gender perspectives on work environment and work organizations in the health care sector: a knowledge review. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 5(4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sick Leave - A Signal of Unequal Work Organizations?: Gender perspectives on work environment and work organizations in the health care sector: a knowledge review
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 5, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The background to this article review is governmental interest in finding reasons why a majority of the employees in Sweden who are on sick leave are women. In order to find answers to these questions three issues will be discussed from a meso-level: (i) recent changes in the Swedish health care sector’s working organization and their effects on gender, (ii) what research says about work health and gender in the health care sector, and (iii) the meaning of gender at work. The aim is to first discuss these three issues to give a picture of what gender research says concerning work organization and work health, and second to examine the theories behind the issue. In this article the female-dominated health care sector is in focus.This sector strives for efficiency relating to invisible job tasks and emotional work performed by women. In contemporary work organizations gender segregation has a tendency to take on new and subtler forms. One reason for this is today’s de-hierarchized and flexible organizations.A burning question connected to this is whether new constructions of masculinities and femininities really are ways of relating to the prevailing norm in a profession or are ways of deconstructing the gender order.To gain a deeper understanding of working life we need multidisciplinary research projects where gender-critical knowledge is interwoven into research not only on organizations, but also into research concerning the physical work environment, in order to be able to develop good and sustainable work environments, in this case in the health care sector.

Keywords
Development processes, doing gender, gender, interdisciplinary research, work health, sustainable working life, work environment, work organization
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180321 (URN)10.19154/njwls.v5i4.4845 (DOI)
Note

QC 2016-02-11

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. & Nord Nilsson, L. (2015). WIKIOSH: to develop learning networks about safety and health in the engineering sector. In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne 9-14 August 2015: . Paper presented at 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, 2015 (pp. 1411). International Ergonomics Association
Open this publication in new window or tab >>WIKIOSH: to develop learning networks about safety and health in the engineering sector
2015 (English)In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne 9-14 August 2015, International Ergonomics Association , 2015, p. 1411-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper a network for knowledge sharing is presented. The network turns to safety and health engineers, ergonomists and researchers working in or with the manufacturing industry. The aim with the network is to strengthen and share sector related knowledge on safety and health. The results show a high interest in this kind of network and that the need for knowledge on how to handle complex situations is in focus, and not how to solve specific one dimensional problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Ergonomics Association, 2015
Keywords
environmental safety and health engineers, ergonomists, learning network, knowledge
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180324 (URN)
Conference
19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, 2015
Projects
Implementering av natverk - nyttiggorande av branschspecifik kunskap
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

QC 2016-02-11

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. & Ekman Rising, M. (2013). Från ord till handling: Forskningsbaserad utveckling av jämställdhetsarbete vid teknisk fakultet. Stockholm: Universitets- och högskolerådet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från ord till handling: Forskningsbaserad utveckling av jämställdhetsarbete vid teknisk fakultet
2013 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Det övergripande syftet med projektet har varit att - utveckla fallbeskrivningar för lärande genom en analys av hur det formella och informella jämställdhetsarbetet vid KTH är organiserat och på vilka arenor detta arbete utövas i praktiken, - utifrån fallbeskrivningar iscensätta lärandeprocesser i form av benchlearning om jämställdhetsarbete mellan de tekniska högskolorna i Sverige.

En central del i metodansatsen är att jämställdhetsarbetets innehåll och form är kontextberoende. Det är inte möjligt att finna en standard för hur jämställdhetsarbete inom högskolan ska bedrivas, utan här krävs ett utvecklingsarbete som tar sin utgångspunkt i de enskilda organisationernas förutsättningar och behov.Projektet delas in i en intern och en extern fas. Den interna fasen består av en lärprocess om KTH:s eget jämställdhetsarbete och är en metodologisk förutsättning för att kunna utveckla benchlearning i den externa fasen.

I projektets externa fas är fokus på att iscensätta ett lärande i form av benchlearning mellan de medverkande organisationerna, utifrån de lärande exempel som beskrivs i rapporten. Målsättningen är att utveckla ett bestående nätverk för lärande och erfarenhetsutbyte mellan de tekniska högskolorna, där empiri från de egna organisationerna kan ligga till grund.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Universitets- och högskolerådet, 2013. p. 50
Series
Delegationen för jämställdhet i högskolan
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-143896 (URN)
Note

QC 20140919

Available from: 2014-04-01 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2014-09-19Bibliographically approved
Eklund, J., Brännmark, M., Dellve, L., Elg, M., Eriksson, A., Halling, B., . . . Vänje, A. (2013). Lean and working conditions: a current position. In: HELIX Conference: . Paper presented at HELIX Conference; Linköping, Sweden, 12-14 June, 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lean and working conditions: a current position
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2013 (English)In: HELIX Conference, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137429 (URN)
Conference
HELIX Conference; Linköping, Sweden, 12-14 June, 2013
Note

QC 20160615

Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. (2013). Under Luppen: genusperspektiv på arbetsmiljö och arbetsorganisation. Stockholm: Arbetsmiljöverket, 2013(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Under Luppen: genusperspektiv på arbetsmiljö och arbetsorganisation
2013 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetsmiljöverket, 2013. p. 75
Series
Arbetsmiljöverkets rapporter, ISSN 1650-3171 ; 2013:1
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-143895 (URN)
Note

QC 20140627

Available from: 2014-04-01 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved
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