Applying boundary objects to create coherence between management decisions regarding prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders and implemented changes

Christine Ipsen, Kasper Edwards, Signe Poulsen, Rikke Seim

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    Purpose. This study aims to support social healthcare workplaces with methods to establish coherence between management decisions regarding prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) and the work related preventive changes implemented in the organization. The study builds on the known risk factors for
    developing MSD in combination with the theory of explication of tacit knowledge by the use of boundary objects (Carlile, 2002). Design/Methodology. Searching the literature of visual knowledge generating methods, we selected those
    who focus on the work process and relate to one or more of the risk factors of MSD. The search resulted in the following methods: Workbooks, Photo-Safari, Layout Games, Employee Exchange, Videos and the Fishbone workshop. Three Occupational Health and Safety Departments in municipalities and one hospital
    tested the methods, which several public workplaces will apply starting January 2017. Results. The identified visualization methods each addresses specific risk factors of MSD but when combined, they provide a holistic insight in to the work-related causes to MSD at the workplace. The new knowledge forms the basis for focused work-related preventive changes. The test participants found the methods applicable in relation to create coherence between strategy and practice. Research implications: Our preliminary results imply that visualization methods can generate new knowledge about work-related causes to MSD, identification of new preventive changes and how they link to the preventive MSD strategy. Originality/Value. The study investigates the application of boundary objects in the identification of causes and implementation of a preventive MSD strategy and work-related changes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventEuropean Association of Work and Organizational Psychology: Enabling Change through Work and Organizational Psychology - University College Dublin (UCD) , Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 17 May 201720 May 2017
    http://www.eawop2017.org/

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    ConferenceEuropean Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
    LocationUniversity College Dublin (UCD)
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period17/05/201720/05/2017
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    Ipsen, C., Edwards, K., Poulsen, S., & Seim, R. (2017). Applying boundary objects to create coherence between management decisions regarding prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders and implemented changes. Abstract from European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin, Ireland.