“Power Base” Tactics for Workplace Change – an Interview Study with Industrial Engineers and Ergonomists
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

The work activities of Industrial Engineers (IEs) and Ergonomists drive workplace changes. The purpose of this study is to compare the work practices of the two professions and examine 1) how IEs and ergonomists gain influence over workplace changes, and 2) whether there are prevailing types of intentional interaction behaviours called Power Bases (PB), present in the interaction tactics they employ. The study identified key behavioural strategies used by the interviewees to successfully influence workplace changes; these were then mapped to their corresponding PB. Results showed that IEs and Ergonomists were successfully influencing workplace changes using several tactics across the spectrum of power bases, with the exception of Reward and Coercion. The study concludes with a list of recommended workplace change agent tactics, and proposes that a PB “analytical lens” can serve to increase the budding ergonomist’s critical and analytical skills when considering possible workplace change tactics.

Organizational Design and Management

Power bases

Stakeholders

Organizational Ergonomics

Occupational Health

Författare

Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem

Patrick Neumann

Ryerson University

Nancy Theberge

University of Waterloo

Roland Örtengren

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem

Ergonomics

0014-0139 (ISSN) 1366-5847 (eISSN)

Vol. 60 613-627

Ämneskategorier

Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi

Arbetslivsstudier

Annan teknik

Miljömedicin och yrkesmedicin

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Styrkeområden

Produktion

DOI

10.1080/00140139.2016.1213886

PubMed

27427206