This thesis is based on a case study of an organizationalchange-project within Civil Engine at Volvo Aero Corporation.The changeproject was aimed to create an organization built oncollaboration, which differs radically from traditionalindustrial work. Existing boundaries between the blue- andwhite-collar workers were meant to be erased and work would beperformed and decisions thereby be taken by that or thosepersons who are most appropriate. The co-workers demand on workshould be satisfied as well as the enterprises demand onefficiency and longterm competitiveness. The projects goalswere not fulfilled, but it could have been a first step towardsa radical transformation of how work can be organized. As theproject did not come out as expected effects of a verticalintegrated organization cannot be concluded. The discussion istherefore mainly about possibilities and obstacles in work ofradical changes.
The main topic is to analyse what a vertical integratedorganization can be and what meaning it has for the employeesand the enterprise. This thesis contributes to a tentativemodel with four types of difficulties, to be noticed toincrease the possibilities for successful radical changes:
obstacles of first orderobstacles of second orderresistances of first orderresistances of second order
Further on this thesis contributes to define a supposedorganization built on collaboration according to Volvo AeroCorporation and to relate it to the conceptions onpost-bureaucratic and post-Tayloristic organizations.
Stockholm: Industriell ekonomi och organisation , 2003. , 229 p.