1 The Research Group in 'Working Life and Learning', Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University2 The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University3 Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
(Mis-) Managing the Psychosocial Working Environment in a Knowledge-Intensive OrganisationStyring eller forsømmelse af det psykiske arbejdsmiljø?
The article presents a case study of a knowledge-intensive company that launched a 2-year project to improve their psychosocial working environment. All parties agreed on the project, and the methods used aimed to promote the involvement of the employees. Surprisingly, the psychosocial working environment did not improve; on the contrary, it deteriorated. The article highlights cultural and structural obstacles to the process, including an inadequate understanding of organisational learning and a narrow focus on market and competition. The endeavours did not consistently increase delegation and participation. In order to develop a more sustainable and viable psychosocial working environment, a broader and more democratic notion of organisational learning and managing is proposed.
Skriftserie for Center for Arbejdslivsforskning (caf), 2012, Vol 2012, Issue 1