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  • 1.
    Andreasson, Jörgen
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Ljungar, Erik
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Linda, Ahlstrom
    The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
    Jonas, Hermansson
    Angered Hospital.
    Dellve, Lotta
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Professional Bureaucracy and Health Care Managers’ Planned Change Strategies: Governance in Swedish Health Care2018In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 23-41Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To increase efficiency and quality, process development has been implemented in many Swedish hospitals. These hospitals are usually organized as professional bureaucracies in which health care managers have limited decision control. The new governance principles has been implemented without removing bureaucratic elements. This study analyzes how managers implement planned change in these professional bureaucracies, considering if managers coaching style, organizational preconditions, implementation strategy, appraisal of change and clinic autonomy, is associated with health care process quality (HPQ). The study is based on interviews with health care managers and longitudinal assessments of HPQ. The results revealed significant differences between coaching style, organizational preconditions, and HPQ over time. The conclusion is that leadership and preconditions is of importance for the health care manager’s ability to work with planned change, as that the health care managers understand how management methods, governance principles, and professional bureaucracies work in practice.

  • 2.
    Bengtsson, Mattias
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg.
    Flisbäck, Marita
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Existential Driving Forces to Work after Retirement: The Example of Physicians’ Mentoring2021In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, E-ISSN 2245-0157Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article addresses physicians who work as group supervisors or mentors in a training program after having formally retired. The driving forces to continue to work are analyzed in terms of the development of existential meaning of work at a particular stage of the life cycle. We argue that a deeper understanding of the existential driving forces, that both cause physicians to accept post-retirement mentoring tasks and that is awakened and developed in this specific work, would contribute to a deeper understanding of why individuals continue working into old age. However, in political discussions of an extended working life, similar aspects tend to be disregarded. Understanding the existential driving forces that cause an individual to continue working after retirement may be crucial to comprehending how we can take advantage of the resources of the older workforce and, thus, realize human potential at a later stage of the life cycle.

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  • 3. Nord, Tora
    Joint Responsibility at its Peak: Searching for a New Nordic Unemployment Model2012In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 2, no 4, p. 171-187Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Earlier research has shown that the Nordic Ghent systems seem to be weakened. The unemployment insurances administered by the unions have experienced a decline in numbers of members, very similar to the drop in trade union membership. This article takes its point of departure in previous research into the decline in the membership densities of unemployment insurances in several Nordic countries. The article examines these tendencies and focuses on a new and rather atypical example of organizing unemployment systems in a Nordic context, namely that of the Faroe Islands. Based on interviews and documentation analysis, the article describes the system extensively and argues conclusively that the Faroese unemployment insurance system is an example of the deeply rooted Nordic negotiation tradition, albeit in a new context in which the labor market parties stand united to ensure the system’s autonomy from political influence.  

  • 4.
    Oudhuis, Margareta
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
    Tengblad, Stefan
    Experiences from implementation of lean practi­ces: Standardization versus self –management: A Swedish case study2013In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 31-48Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we discuss important aspects of the perceived problematic relationship between self-management and standardization. The article presents data from three case studies con - ducted within manufacturing companies in Sweden, where the popularity of lean production has led to a renaissance for short-cycle and standardized assembly work in settings that traditionally have made use of sociotechnical production design. The data suggest that the implementation has not contributed to an increased commitment, smooth operations, and capacity for change and innovation. Despite these not so positive results, it is argued that it is possible to combine self-management principles with lean production and standardization if 1) the implementation of lean is done with a contextual sensitivity, 2) a balance is reached between the use of standards on the one hand and work enrichment on the other, and 3) a feeling of ownership as regards both implementation and production process is upheld among the production personnel.

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