Planning, control, and adaptation: A case study
2005 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, Vol. 23, no 1, 118-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article relates the findings of an ethnographically informed study conducted at a Swedish Nuclear Power Plant. It describes a set of events while the plant was shut down for a short non-productive outage. In order to understand better how high-reliability organizations successfully manage the conflict between bureaucratic planning and flexibility we provide a description of simultaneous levels of control that dissolve the conflict. Instead of merely describing actions as planned, or improvised, the present work illustrates that no clear-cut distinctions can be drawn between what is improvisation and what is not. Understanding planning as a control activity as well, enables us to grasp the different values of the canonical activity of planning. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 23, no 1, 118-131 p.
Improvisation, Nuclear power generation, Planning
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45515DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2004.12.016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45515DiVA: diva2:266411