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Det moderna kontorslandskapet - En studie om ledares upplevelser av aktivitetsbaserat arbetssätt

Glemming, Beatrice LU and Ring, Amanda (2021) PEDK21 20202
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The shift to an activity-based way of working entails a change in how we view our work and our workplace. Some years ago, not many people had heard of activity-based working, but today there are many organizations around the world that apply an activity-based approach. This report aims to describe and analyze leaders’ experiences of activity-based working in different organizations. For the methodology section of the essay we have used interpretivist paradigm, qualitative method, inductive approach and grounded theory as a basis. Grounded theory as our research strategy is applicable since the data was collected and processed before literature and theories were introduced. For the theoretical section, we have collected different literature... (More)
The shift to an activity-based way of working entails a change in how we view our work and our workplace. Some years ago, not many people had heard of activity-based working, but today there are many organizations around the world that apply an activity-based approach. This report aims to describe and analyze leaders’ experiences of activity-based working in different organizations. For the methodology section of the essay we have used interpretivist paradigm, qualitative method, inductive approach and grounded theory as a basis. Grounded theory as our research strategy is applicable since the data was collected and processed before literature and theories were introduced. For the theoretical section, we have collected different literature and articles relevant to the subject, purpose and results. Previous research concerning this area has been used with wide source criticism. The theories are divided into four sections consisting of organizational change, leadership, communication and culture, where organizational change becomes the core category as a result of data processing. The empirical data is in turn based upon semi-structured interviews with three leaders from three different organizations. Through the interviews, we achieved to answer the essay’s framing questions. The conclusion is that the challenges that leaders face in an activity-based workplace have proved to be many, but the overall perception is positive. There is an idea that a well-founded vision and a well-executed change, in the long run, will lead to a more flexible and efficient way of working. As a leader, it can be difficult to hear all points of view, maintain cohesion, meet resistance, communicate on all levels, safeguard culture and let go of control. In addition, leaders are expected to lead the change at the same time. Furthermore, this way of working affects the organization at all levels, as it consists of both leaders and employees with different interests. It becomes a more flexible workplace where efficiency can be created, which in turn leads to the organization's results benefiting. On the other hand, resistance is expressed in the form of employees, for example, sitting at the same place every day, which reduces the efficiency that the way of working strives to achieve. At last, it is a sustainable way of working where a more even distribution of resources takes place, so that more people have access to more opportunities. The way the organization communicates also becomes more flexible, often meaning a positive increase of digital information channels. Working goal-oriented and letting go of control in turn leads to a pleasant organization where trust prevails at all levels, even if this is a continuous maintenance process. (Less)
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Glemming, Beatrice LU and Ring, Amanda
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PEDK21 20202
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Activity-based working, Organizational change, Leadership, Communication, Culture
language
Swedish
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9036331
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2021-01-27 15:29:55
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2021-03-22 08:40:29
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  abstract     = {The shift to an activity-based way of working entails a change in how we view our work and our workplace. Some years ago, not many people had heard of activity-based working, but today there are many organizations around the world that apply an activity-based approach. This report aims to describe and analyze leaders’ experiences of activity-based working in different organizations. For the methodology section of the essay we have used interpretivist paradigm, qualitative method, inductive approach and grounded theory as a basis. Grounded theory as our research strategy is applicable since the data was collected and processed before literature and theories were introduced. For the theoretical section, we have collected different literature and articles relevant to the subject, purpose and results. Previous research concerning this area has been used with wide source criticism. The theories are divided into four sections consisting of organizational change, leadership, communication and culture, where organizational change becomes the core category as a result of data processing. The empirical data is in turn based upon semi-structured interviews with three leaders from three different organizations. Through the interviews, we achieved to answer the essay’s framing questions. The conclusion is that the challenges that leaders face in an activity-based workplace have proved to be many, but the overall perception is positive. There is an idea that a well-founded vision and a well-executed change, in the long run, will lead to a more flexible and efficient way of working. As a leader, it can be difficult to hear all points of view, maintain cohesion, meet resistance, communicate on all levels, safeguard culture and let go of control. In addition, leaders are expected to lead the change at the same time. Furthermore, this way of working affects the organization at all levels, as it consists of both leaders and employees with different interests. It becomes a more flexible workplace where efficiency can be created, which in turn leads to the organization's results benefiting. On the other hand, resistance is expressed in the form of employees, for example, sitting at the same place every day, which reduces the efficiency that the way of working strives to achieve. At last, it is a sustainable way of working where a more even distribution of resources takes place, so that more people have access to more opportunities. The way the organization communicates also becomes more flexible, often meaning a positive increase of digital information channels. Working goal-oriented and letting go of control in turn leads to a pleasant organization where trust prevails at all levels, even if this is a continuous maintenance process.},
  author       = {Glemming, Beatrice and Ring, Amanda},
  keyword      = {Activity-based working,Organizational change,Leadership,Communication,Culture},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Det moderna kontorslandskapet - En studie om ledares upplevelser av aktivitetsbaserat arbetssätt},
  year         = {2021},
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