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Well-being, self leadership and productivity - An investigation of self leadership in relation to well-being and productivity in modern working life (WESP main project)

Project: Research

  • Bramming, Pia (Participant)
  • Andersen, Vibeke (Participant)
  • Raffnsøe, Sverre (Participant)
  • Pedersen, Michael (Participant)
  • Kristensen, Anders Raastrup (Participant)
  • Mogensen, Mette (Participant)
  • Bojesen, Anders (Participant)
  • Olesen, Kristian Gylling (Participant)
  • Department of Learning
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • NFA
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Well-being and dissatisfaction at work is often ascribed to the quality of management. However, today management is not only a task for managers, and management in the form of self leadership is increasingly expected as well as demanded of employees. Self leadership is at its most general about individuals controlling and managing their own work performance, where each employee is responsible for his or her own productivity, given specific demands on produc¬tivity. This means that both new and existing forms of management, organization and technology are enacted differently and that we witness new complex expressions of well-being and productivity. The consequences for work environment and more specifically for the well-being of employees are unclear and ambigu¬ous. The purpose of the research project is to study what the tendency towards self leadership means for the relationship between well-being, management and productivity. The study also aims at gaining knowledge about how self leadership as an organisational form influ¬ences the working environment. Throughout the project, researchers will study three dif¬ferent tendencies where self leadership as an organisational form seems to be especially expressive: 1. Changes in forms of leadership which simultaneously seek to motivate and mea¬sure employees' behaviour and performances.
2.  Changes in the conceptions of how emotions and identities of employees become resources in organizations. 3. Changes in the content of work where the employees balance his or her emotional commitment to work.Thus, the tendency towards self leadership seems to turn well-being into a complex prob¬lem, which the individual to an increasing degree is left to solve in relation to its own pro¬duc¬t¬ivity. Researchers study what happens when individual problems regarding well-being is left for the employees to solve. The results from the project are important, as they provide knowledge and a general view of these complex circumstances. Further, this knowledge provides the possibility to evaluate and further develop existing tools for handling stress and evaluation of employee performance etc. The project includes two Ph.D. projects: New management concepts and associated technologies and their significance for self leadership of employees (subproject A). Self leadership and trust - well-being, productivity and new identities (subproject B). The project is carried out in collaboration between the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Effective start/end date18/12/201017/12/2013



Research outputs

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