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Organizational change as student project
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 428-437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - This research project aims to study how some organizations choose to prioritize certain changes when offered assistance by students who are studying Quality Technology.

 

Method - A literature study is pursued. In this project, textual analysis of student works as reports, project diaries, subtasks etc. are used as empirical sources.

 

Findings - Organizations seem to already have identified areas for changes, but they do have neither the methods and proper tools nor the knowhow of implementing the changes. The results show that organizations take their opportunity to learn different tools in quality technology pointed out and used by students. There seems to be a huge need of knowledge about different tools and help with implementation of organizational changes.

 

Practical Implications - The major implication of the study is that managers in organizations are positive in using university students in organizational change. Also the students fill the gap for needs of knowledge about implementation. However, it is the managers together with the students who suggest change project and the students continue to perform the change.

 

Originality/Value of paper - The study makes a contribution to the knowledge of Change Management in exploring how educational course can bridge the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of organizational change by creating collaborative learning. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 428-437
Keyword [en]
Organizational change, Improvements, Quality Tools, Collaborative Learning, Graduate Course
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Learning
Research subject
Sociology of Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332609DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-12-2015-0077ISI: 000413090500012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332609DiVA, id: diva2:1153571
Conference
The 18th QMOD in Seoul, 2015 October organized by Lund’s University, Linköping’s University and the Korean Society for Quality Management, hosted by University of Yonsei.
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved

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