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Good Nordic management practices

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The project identified good Nordic management practices by analysing Nordic research on management, working conditions, and productivity. The project identified 2760 publications combining these topics and analysed in detail 38 core publications combining all three topics. The main findings were:1. Nordic research that combine all three topics is limited in extend but broad in content and therefore fragmented2. Values related to cooperation and participation permeated the publications, which sets them apart from EU and US publications.3. The core publications identified positive relations between management practices, working conditions and workplace performance4. Positive management practices are characterised by dialogue and cooperation between managers and subordinates.The research was conducted in 2012-2014 at Aalborg University, SINTEF, VTT, and Karlstad University.

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Introduction

This report summarizes the results of the project “God Nordisk Ledelsespraksis” carried out by the Aalborg University (Denmark), VTT (Finland), SINTEF (Norway) and Karlskrona University (Sweden) on Nordic research in the area of management, productivity and working conditions. The project was initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministries in 2012 who stated that: 1) “God ledelse og medarbeiderinnflytelse kjennetegner ofte produktive og innovative virksomheter” (good management practices and workers’ participation are often hallmarks of productive and innovative enterprises) and also 2) “Systematisk utvikling av god ledelse for å styrke omstillings- og konkurranseevnen antas samtidig å føre til bedre arbeidsmiljø og trivsel i arbeidet” (Systematic development of good managerial practices to improve the change capacity and competitiveness are also assumed to improve working conditions and well being at work). Further, as pointed out by the Nordic Council of Ministries, there is a lack of knowledge on the causal relationships between management, work environment and productivity. Therefore it was asked for a critical review of the scientific literature on relationships between management, work environment and productivity, aiming to identify how Nordic enterprises could work to establish good management practices and develop work participation and at the same time improve working conditions and productivity. This report sets out to answer these questions.

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