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Oudhuis, Margaretha
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Häll, A., Tengblad, S., Oudhuis, M. & Dellve, L. (2023). How hard can it be? A qualitative study following an HRT implementation in a global industrial corporate group. Personnel review, 52(5), 1632-1646
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How hard can it be? A qualitative study following an HRT implementation in a global industrial corporate group
2023 (English)In: Personnel review, ISSN 0048-3486, E-ISSN 1758-6933, Vol. 52, no 5, p. 1632-1646Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to critically study the implementation and contextualization of the human resource transformation (HRT) management model within the human resources (HR) function of a global industrial company group.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative case study that includes two data collections.

Findings

Implementation of the HRT model led to tensions and conflicting interpretations of the mission of the HR function, and a “tug of war” about the distribution of work both within HR and between HR and line management. Splitting the HR function into three legs made the HR function's learning cycles more difficult. The corporate group had a decentralized and diverse business culture, and contextualization of the HRT model to this setting highlighted the model's embeddedness in the American business culture of centralization and standardization. Implementation of the model also entailed a transition from an employee to an employer perspective within HR.

Research limitations/implications

For an assessment of HR's total work other parts of the HRT model (Ulrich and Brockbank, 2005) need to be involved since HR professionals in the insourced or outsourced shared service center (SSC) and Center of Expertise (CoE) and the e-HR tools are equally important for executing the total HR's mission. Further studies of the problematic human resource business partner (HRBP) role are needed and also what the development of e-HR solutions means for the HR profession.

Practical implications

 The authors argue for a continuous development of HR work, along with closer professional contact both with line managers (LMs) and within the HR function, for improved learning cycles and a need for contextualization when implementing management models.

Social implications

The paper discusses the HRT model's impact on HR practitioners’ and LMs’ work practice.

Originality/value

This article shows the need for contextualization when implementing management models. The lack of such contextualization led to severe tensions, and the intentions of an efficient and respected HR function were not achieved. The study contributes an evaluation of the tensions between HRT as a normative and standardized model in business settings accustomed to variety and decentralized decision-making.

 

Keywords
hrt, ulrich model, hrm work, qualitative, paradox theory, tension theory
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29689 (URN)10.1108/pr-05-2020-0377 (DOI)000951540800001 ()2-s2.0-85150616130 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-04-14 Created: 2023-04-14 Last updated: 2024-02-01
Bartley, K. & Oudhuis, M. (2020). Happiness Ethics: How to be “a good mother” and do the best for the child. International Journal of Applied Ethics, 7, 41-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Happiness Ethics: How to be “a good mother” and do the best for the child
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Applied Ethics, ISSN 2321-2497, Vol. 7, p. 41-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Dehli: Center for Ethics and Values, Ramanujan College, University of Delhi, 2020
National Category
Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-24383 (URN)
Available from: 2020-12-09 Created: 2020-12-09 Last updated: 2021-01-07Bibliographically approved
Oudhuis, M. & Tengblad, S. (2020). The viability of the Scandinavian work-life model and the impact of lean production: The case of Scania. Economic and Industrial Democracy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The viability of the Scandinavian work-life model and the impact of lean production: The case of Scania
2020 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

From the 1970s through the 1990s, Scandinavian work-life, especially in Sweden, was an international role model for work organization and industrial relations. Practices such as job enrichment, teamwork in semi-autonomous groups, multi-skilling, and long work cycles were commonplace. This article investigates if and how such practices, the Socio-Technical Systems model (STS), are still followed in Sweden after the arrival of lean production. The study was conducted at Scania, a Swedish heavy truck and bus manufacturer well-known for its innovative work organization and its previous use of a socio-technical work design. The study finds that as this production and management model has been substantially marginalized, a new model has emerged. The new model, inspired by the Toyota Production System and lean, is characterized by a line organization design, standardized work processes, daily control, all shorter cycle-times, permanent team leader positions, position ownership, and continuous improvement with rotation possibilities. This new model, Scania Production System (SPS), has enjoyed considerable success. Yet challenges remain with respect to employee commitment to work and their boredom with highly-paced, repetitive work, leading to an advocacy for more of a hybrid model between the SPS and the STS models. Although the study is performed in only one company it is an exemplar company in Sweden which has been highly influential also beyond the transportation industry. The article also expands the scientific knowledge of production systems by the help of a novel stakeholder model. The article’s contribution is its demonstration of current work organization practices and to what extent these represent continuity or new trajectories. Lean production has had a vigouous reception in Scania but there are problematic features that are distinct from a stakeholder model perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 2020
Keywords
Industrial relations; lean production; socio-technical work design; Swedish work-life; work organization
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-24382 (URN)10.1177/0143831X20939137 (DOI)000551157200001 ()2-s2.0-85088303076 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00435
Available from: 2020-12-09 Created: 2020-12-09 Last updated: 2021-10-21Bibliographically approved
Oudhuis, M. & Tengblad, S. (2017). BP and Deepwater Horizon: A Catastrophe from a Resilience Perspective (1ed.). In: Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis (Ed.), The Resiilence Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability (pp. 71-88). Singapore: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>BP and Deepwater Horizon: A Catastrophe from a Resilience Perspective
2017 (English)In: The Resiilence Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability / [ed] Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis, Singapore: Springer Nature , 2017, 1, p. 71-88Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017 Edition: 1
Series
Work, Organization, and Employment, ISSN 2520-8837
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13468 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-5314-6 (DOI)978-981-10-5313-9 (ISBN)978-981-10-5314-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Bartley, K. (2017). Electronic Self-Presentations: Mother in Internet Forums on Children's Clothes. Journal of Mother Studies (2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electronic Self-Presentations: Mother in Internet Forums on Children's Clothes
2017 (English)In: Journal of Mother Studies, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USA: , 2017
Keywords
Motherhood, consumption, children's clothes, internet forums
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Social Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work; Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13390 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-10 Created: 2018-01-10 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Tengblad, S. & Oudhuis, M. (2017). Organization Resilience: What Makes Companies and Organizations Sustainable? (1ed.). In: Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis (Ed.), The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability (pp. 3-18). Singapore: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organization Resilience: What Makes Companies and Organizations Sustainable?
2017 (English)In: The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability / [ed] Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis, Singapore: Springer Nature , 2017, 1, p. 3-18Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017 Edition: 1
Series
Work, Organization, and Employment, ISSN 2520-8837
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13467 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-5314-6 (DOI)978-981-10-5313-9 (ISBN)978-981-10-5314-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Oudhuis, M. (2017). Organizational Resilience and Stagnation at a Fashion Company (1ed.). In: Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis (Ed.), The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability (pp. 181-196). Singapore: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizational Resilience and Stagnation at a Fashion Company
2017 (English)In: The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability / [ed] Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis, Singapore: Springer Nature , 2017, 1, p. 181-196Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017 Edition: 1
Series
Work, Organization, and Employment, ISSN 2520-8837
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13469 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-5314-6 (DOI)978-981-10-5313-9 (ISBN)978-981-10-5314-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Edström, A., Oudhuis, M., Ljungkvist, T. & Brorström, B. (2017). Regional Resilience: Organizing for Sustained Viability (1ed.). In: Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis (Ed.), The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability (pp. 213-232). Singapore: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Resilience: Organizing for Sustained Viability
2017 (English)In: The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability / [ed] Stefan Tengblad & Margareta Oudhuis, Singapore: Springer Nature , 2017, 1, p. 213-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017 Edition: 1
Series
Work, Organization, and Employment, ISSN 2520-8837
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13471 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-5314-6 (DOI)978-981-10-5313-9 (ISBN)978-981-10-5314-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2022-01-11Bibliographically approved
Tengblad, S. & Oudhuis, M. (Eds.). (2017). The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability (1ed.). Singapore: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Resilience Framework: Organizing for Sustained Viability
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book puts forward a carefully crafted theoretical framework that makes a substantial contribution to the field of organizational resilience. It is a framework that goes far beyond the traditional crisis management perspective (accidents, scandals, etc) to an investigation of the characteristics and factors that make organizations viable over time. The book creates a much-needed link between human resource management and organizational development on the one hand, and the literature about risk and crises management and resilience engineering on the other.The book assembles several robust social science theories such as evolutionary theory, complexity theory, and institutional theory, as well as concepts from management theory such as followership, organizational trust, open innovation, and serendipity management into a coherent framework. It also integrates important models from the field of resilience engineering that have not previously been included in the research on organizational resilience. Several new models are used to present the theoretical framework, models that have relevance for researchers as well as practitioners. In addition to the theoretical framework, all chapters are set in various practical environments that both illustrate the use of resilience resources and align with the framework itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017. p. 264 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13458 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-5314-6 (DOI)978-981-10-5313-9 (ISBN)978-981-10-5314-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Oudhius, M. & Riestola, P. (2016). Balans mellan svenskt management och nya styrformer för livskraft. In: Oudhuis, Margareta, Riestola, Päivi (Ed.), Ledarskap för livskraftiga organisationer: (pp. 73-80). Borås: Högskolan i Borås
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Balans mellan svenskt management och nya styrformer för livskraft
2016 (Swedish)In: Ledarskap för livskraftiga organisationer / [ed] Oudhuis, Margareta, Riestola, Päivi, Borås: Högskolan i Borås , 2016, p. 73-80Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2016
Series
Vetenskap för profession: rapport, ISSN 1654-6520 ; 36
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11704 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved
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