Conditions Enabling Development in National Lean Programmes
2016 (English)In: Leadership & Organization Development Journal, ISSN 0143-7739, E-ISSN 1472-5347Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to identify work practices and activities at programme and local levels which constitute conditions that enable development in workplace development programmes (WPDPs). These are introduced by public agencies as change agents that provide the resources for local organizational change. Design/methodology/approach – The study constituted separate interactive research projects in three WPDPs conducted through a total of 256 interviews and documentation from meetings. The findings were compared in a qualitative content analysis. Findings – The outcomes of development processes in the programmes and local Lean implementation are enabled by the interplay of three conditions: a) organized learning activities with the stakeholders involved, b) key stakeholders’ active ownership and c) support for employee participation. The three conditions thus support programme management in leading the programme development processes. Research limitations/implications - The findings operationalize broad theoretical concepts. However, the research projects involved were not originally designed for this comparative study, which created some difficulties when performing the analysis. The longitudinal design and vast amount of data partly compensate for this. Practical implications – This knowledge will be helpful in the formation of new WPDPs that support local organizational development and for those who lead such processes. Originality/value – The novelty of the findings is the operationalization of broad theoretical concepts, such as the conditions that support development programmes. Moreover, this article shows a set of work practices and activities that management may be used in organizing WPDPs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject Technology and Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-191539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-191539DiVA: diva2:957299
QC 201609122016-09-012016-09-012016-09-12Bibliographically approved