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Application of a sense of coherence-based leadership for productivity and health at Scania
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. Division of Ergonomics, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH.
Scania CV AB, Södertälje, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Centre for Research and Development, Region Gävleborg, Gävle, Sweden; Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden .
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, ISSN 2045-7804, E-ISSN 2045-7812, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 179-194Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose was to explore if sense of coherence (SOC) theory can be used in human factors ergonomics (HFE) practice as a leadership approach to decrease the rate of sick leave and rehabilitation cases and increase work attendance among assembly personnel without impeding productivity. Via three studies carried out at the Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, we investigated the company's key performance indicators and documented meetings with managers during the intervention. The results show that SOC can be used in HFE practice and that productivity, quality and attendance at work increased, while rehabilitation cases decreased. Our conclusion is that a health promotion approach among managers is essential in a lean organisation that aims to reduce waste in the company and optimise human capability and thereby productivity. SOC theory can support the creation of workplaces that are high performing and healthy, starting with concerns for the people creating the output.

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InderScience Publishers, 2019. Vol. 6, no 2, p. 179-194
Keywords [en]
leadership; lean; health promotion; productivity; manufacturing; sense of coherence; SOC; Sweden; workplace; job satisfaction; performance; meaningfulness
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30676DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2019.102306Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-8507238726OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30676DiVA, id: diva2:1353335
Available from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved

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