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Implementing IT in Production Settings

Organisational Sense-Making and Psychological Stress
  • Steven Verjans
Part of the Information and Organization Design Series book series (INOD, volume 2)

Abstract

In 1996 a large Danish manufacturing company — Omikron25 — started a European-Commission financed information technology (IT) research project — BlueTech1 — in order to develop and test new software that would allow shop floor workers to have more influence and control over their daily work in production. This new software was expected to raise the workers’ motivation and commitment and — in the long run — their productivity. The whole idea was to use BlueTech as an experiment that should show that IT can act as a catalyst for organisational change. Omikron had a very traditional top-down hierarchical functional organisation, with foremen and supervisors telling their colleagues what to do when and how. Most workers had a career of more than 20 years with the company, some even more than 40 years, a period in which a lot had changed technologically, but not organisationally or culturally. BlueTech, on the other hand, was implemented by a very young research department specialised in developing advanced robot systems and robot software, a department which was something of an ‘outsider’ within a company focussed on hands-on production.

Keywords

Organisational Level Middle Manager Production Setting Management Style Case Study Research 
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