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Managerial practices that support lean and socially sustainable working conditions
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-5388
Department of BioHealth Informatics, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Indianapolis, IN, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3603-6158
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1134-9895
University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0480-1895
2017 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 63-84Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite decades of using lean, there is little knowledge of how lean managerial practices affect working conditions. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate in what ways managerial practices support socially sustainable working conditions (SSWCs) during a lean transformation. A mixed methods approach was used in this multiyear case study in a midsize Swedish manufacturing company. Assessment of work characteristics was combined with employee questionnaires and interviews with managers. Four practices were identified as instrumental for SSWCs: 1) a coherent lean approach with clear direction, 2) a value-creating leadership style comprising a participatorypromoting and caring leadership approach with joint focus on production and well-being, 3) conscious involvement of employees in a stepwise fashion, and 4) a focus on promoting meaningful jobs and health, aided by work environment management. Thus, managerial practices actively supporting important job resources as an integral part of the lean system seemed to support SSWCs.

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Roskilde University , 2017. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 63-84
Keywords [en]
Employee effects, Lean production, Managerial practices, Sustainability, Working conditions
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Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-216344DOI: 10.18291/njwls.v7i3.97091ISI: 000412457200005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85029815299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-216344DiVA, id: diva2:1151235
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-1165
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Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-21Bibliographically approved

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