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"Den dag vi slutar bli bättre, slutar vi vara bra": Ledarskapets inverkan på medarbetares motivation till ständiga förbättringar
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
: Leadership impact on employees' motivation for continuous improvement (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syfte - Syftet med studien är att få en djupare insikt i sambandet mellan ledarskap och de faktorer som bidrar till ökat engagemang hos medarbetarna i arbetet med ständiga förbättringar. Studien riktar sig mot ett mellanstort industriföretag som implementerat lean production.

Design/ metod - I vår undersökning valde vi att göra en kvalitativ fallstudie. Data samlades in i ett svenskt industriföretag. Totalt har 7 intervjuer genomförts.

Undersökningsresultat - Resultatet vi kom fram till är att medarbetarna är i låg utsträckning delaktiga i förbättringsarbetet. Tidigare forskning visar att medarbetare som är delaktiga i beslut är också mer engagerade i arbetet.

Metodkritik – Resultatet speglar enbart subjektiva bedömningar och de studerade variablerna bygger på respondenternas uppfattningar. Framtida forskning bör inkludera mer objektiva mått.

Praktiska konsekvenser - Studien ger belägg till att medarbetarnas engagemang och motivation i förbättringsarbetet kan ökas genom att göra dem mer delaktiga. Forskning visar att medarbetare som får information och får delta i beslut känner större delaktighet i arbetet.

Kunskapsbidrag - I den befintliga litteraturen hävdas det att ledarskapet är en viktig komponent för att öka medarbetarnas engagemang. Lite har dock skrivits om hur ledarskapet kan motivera medarbetarna till ständiga förbättringar i en organisation som arbetar i lean production.

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Abstract [en]

Summary

Purpose - The purpose of the study is to gain a deeper insight into the relationship between the leadership and the factors that contribute to the increased involvement of employees in the process of continual improvement. The study is aimed at a midsize industrial company that has implemented lean production.

Design / methodology - Data was collected in a Swedish industrial company. A total of 7 interviews were conducted. In our study, we chose to make a qualitative case study.

Findings - The results we reached are that employees take little part in the improvement process. Previous research shows that employees who are involved in the decisions are also more involved in the work.

Method Criticism – The result reflect only subjective assessments and the variables studied are based on respondents' perceptions. Future research should include more objective measures.

Practical implications - The study provides evidence that employee engagement and motivation in the process of improvement can be increased by making them more involved. Research shows that employees who receive information and participate in decisions feel more involved in the work.

Knowledge Contribution - In the existing literature, it is claimed that leadership is an essential component for increasing employee engagement. Little, however, has been written about how leadership can motivate employees to continuous improvement in an organization who work in lean production.

Keywords:

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Lean production, communications, participation, motivation and leadership
Keyword [sv]
Lean production, kommunikation, delaktighet, motivation och ledarskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-18345OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-18345DiVA: diva2:827606
Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29

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