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Standardization and self-management: a solvable dilemma?
University of Borås.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8136-4233
2012 (English)In: the 6th Nordic Working Life Conference, The Danish National Centre for Social Research , 2012Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we discuss important aspects of the perceived problematic relationship between self-management and standardization. The paper presents data from three case-studies conducted 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 socio-technical production design. The main argument of the paper is 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) if a balance is reached between the use of detailed standards on one hand and work enrichment on the other and 3) if a feeling of ownership as regards both implementation and production process is upheld among the production personnel. This in turn can be achieved if the pre-occupation with kaizen (continuous improvement) is supplemented with the implementation of the concept of heijunka (well-balanced production).

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The Danish National Centre for Social Research , 2012.
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-6442DiVA: diva2:558939
Conference
6th Nordic Working Life Conference, Helsingør, April 25-27 2012
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-10-04 Last updated: 2014-04-04Bibliographically approved

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