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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title What can be used in Lean and in new organisation theory to develop socio-technical work organisation
Author(s) Sederblad, Per
Date 2014
English abstract
The aim of the paper is to analyse and discuss which parts of Lean Production can be used in a way that fits with the societal structures and cultures in the Nordic countries, where socio-technical models of work organisation have been used for a long time and still are used to a considerable degree in both manufacturing and services. The impact of Lean in Sweden, and also in Denmark and Norway, but also existing socio-technical models in working life are described and analysed in a recently published edited book (Sederblad, 2013). The previous socio-technical models were restricted to the micro level and never managed to match the emerging Japanese production/Lean Production models, which offered a complete model for all levels of the company (Smith & Meiksins, 1995). However, there are now interesting organisation theories and models available, which focus on the meso level in organisations. If socio-technical theories can be combined with useful elements in Lean and e. g. relational coordination theory (Gittell, 2009) there might be possibilities for developing socio-technical models for work organisation on a company level.
Publisher Göteborg University
Host/Issue Threats and Possibilities Facing Nordic Working Life : book of abstracts and programme;
ISBN 9789198119558
Pages 40
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Lean
organisation theory
socio-technical
work organisation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, Göteborg, June 11-13, 2014
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18259 (link to this page)
Link http://nwlc2014.com/ (external link to related web page)

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