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Sustained lean transformation of working conditions: A Swedish longitudinal case study
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-5388
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0480-1895
Department of BioHealth Informatics,Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Indianapolis, IN, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3603-6158
2017 (English)In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 27, no 6, 268-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies of lean production’s effect on working conditions are mixed but point toward worsened conditions. The aim of this longitudinal study was to assess how lean contributes to transforming work characteristics in a medium-sized specialized industrial family business. A mixed methods approachwas used to combine an external assessment of work characteristics with selfreported employee questionnaires. Favorable psychosocial working conditions were indicated, with role conflicts decreasing over time. The assessment of work provided descriptions of how lean practices contributed to decreased task control due to standardized work and simplified work processes. At the same time, employees still had opportunities to influence their long-term work assignment. There was also a trend toward job enlargement through new, higher-skilled tasks, multiskilling, and extended opportunities to influence work through different continuous improvement activities. The participative lean approach and type of skilled jobs may have contributed to this transformation.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 27, no 6, 268-279 p.
Keyword [en]
continuous improvement, lean production, work characteristics, worker control, working
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Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Technology and Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-216595DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20710ISI: 000412519500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85024898906OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-216595DiVA: diva2:1157168
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-1165
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Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-21Bibliographically approved

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