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Organizational change as a student project
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.ORCID iD: 000-0001-5409-8486
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, ISSN ISSN 1756-669X, 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.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature study is pursued. In this project, textual analysis of student works, such as reports, project diaries and subtasks, is used as an empirical source.

Findings

Organizations seem to already have identified areas for changes, but they neither have the methods and proper tools nor the know-how 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.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited to a case study containing students’ project on a Swedish island.

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

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
Keywords [en]
Organizational change, Collaborative learning, Quality tools, Graduate course, Improvements
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Learning
Research subject
Quality Technology and Management (HGO)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-363517DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-12-2015-0077OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-363517DiVA, id: diva2:1256934
Available from: 2018-10-18 Created: 2018-10-18 Last updated: 2019-02-28Bibliographically approved

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