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The manager´s directing task
School for Innovation, Design and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
School for Innovation, Design and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
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2011 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The manager has great influence over the talks in the workplace. A manager as uses

the appropriate tools can help employees become more democratic in meetings and

more receptive to what colleagues are saying. This in turn leads to increased learning

and better working environment for employees. This is shown in a project with

twenty managers from different businesses. From the public sector participated

county council, state administration and municipal activity. From private industry

participated small service companies, banking, automobile, and an additional

manufacturing industry. The managers had during a year to participate in eight

workshops with different themes related to communication and collaboration,

conducted by researchers from Mälardalen University, Dalarna University and

Stockholm University (Sweden). The employees were requested to answer

questionnaires before and after this year, to study the extent to which they have been

influenced by the fact that managers attended the training.

The results show that the working groups not only become more competent,

employees have also been more attached to their work group and working groups

have also become more involved in decisions regarding their work and workplaces.

Results point at the importance of the manager to support integrated autonomy among

the employees who then become responsible and empowered actors.

The ideal that this project seeks is called integrated autonomy. This means that the

actor at the same time should be both independent and belonging. Employees and

work groups, should as far as possible, be permitted and develop competence to

decide how the work should be carried out. The employees belonging enables the

decision to be made within the framework of the practices, the culture and the

objectives that the group and the organization has developed. Belonging is both a

support to staff and ensures that the action is strongly influenced by the organization.

The manager task is about providing conditions for interaction and to influence the

emergence of collective competence and coordination in tune with a changing

environment. This way of working, we describe as the managers' directing task.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Attraktiv Konkurrenskraft
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-17097DiVA: diva2:793634
Conference
the 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, December 4-7 2011 in Shanghai, China.
Projects
Regisserad Kompetensutveckling
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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