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Perceived Participation: a Key Factor for Successful Implementation of a New Working Concept
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial ergonomics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2002 (English)In: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Congress of the Nordic Ergonomics Society, 1-3 of October 2002, Norrköping, Sweden, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling , 2002, 229-234 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish Post Office is undergoing large-scale restructuring including outsourcing of the mail service division to an independent market driven organisation. As a consequence of exposure to competition, the local delivery offices were rationalised by introducing a new working concept called “Best Method”. The implementation process varied substantially in terms of success at the local delivery offices. The aim of this paper is to identify factors crucial to the success of the process. The findings emerge from a study performed during autumn 2001 at fifteen local delivery offices in different parts of Sweden. It was carried out by participant observation, 60 in-depth interviews and a questionnaire answered by 524 postal personnel. A number of factors related to a successful implementation process have been identified as vital, such as participation, local and central managerial support and local adaptation of a managerial tool. In order to arrive at a more participative approach, an infrastructure is suggested that will improve information flow and communication both horizontally and vertically in the organisation. This calls for further research activities, which are planned in a second phase.

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Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling , 2002. 229-234 p.
Keyword [en]
Post, mail service, postmen, reorganisation, restructuring, rationalisation, participation, standardisation, local adaptation, change process
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10451OAI: diva2:17187
Available from: 2007-12-18 Created: 2007-12-18 Last updated: 2009-05-22

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