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Changing organisations and work-related health: Technical report of methods, sample and design of three studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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Abstract [en]

This report is presenting the methodological designs of different studies aiming at the investigation of the relationship between organisational characteristics and individual working conditions and health. The theoretical background to this line of research is summarized in Härenstam and collaborators (2006). The report displays methods, samples and designs of three studies. Three different methods were used in the studies and different focal units were chosen. In the first presented study “The Healthy Workplace Study”, the Organisation was used as the focal unit. In the second study, “The National Working Life Cohort”, individuals were set as focal units, and in the final study, “Power over Working Conditions” -Case studies of organisational responsibility, interpersonal relations were set as focal units.

In the Healthy Workplace Study the aim was to explore the importance of organisational conditions and individual characteristics for the variation in working conditions and health for employees. The study was designed as a longitudinal, multilevel analysis, of a two-step data collection of organisations, and of the individuals working within the studied organisations. About 5,000 employees, in 90 establishments in 32 parent organisations were included.

The National Working Life Cohort examined how work career and changes in employment and working conditions affect health and well-being. The study also covered aspects of how individuals' ambitions and plans change over time and how this affects working life behaviour. The study was representative and longitudinal and comprise d a representative sample of 4,929 individuals living in Sweden between the ages of 25 and 50.

In the third study called “Power over Working Conditions” - Case studies of organisational responsibility, two multiple case studies were used to explore mechanisms of power and responsibility within public and private organisations. The first of the two studies explored mechanisms of power and responsibility within private multinational industry and service organisations. The second study explored a similar complex of relations in the public sector. Critical-Incident interviews, semi structured interviews and workshops with about 140 employees, managers, labour union representatives and politicians, were conducted in one company group and two municipalities between 2004 and 2006.

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Arbetslivsinstitutet, Stockholm , 2006.
, Arbetslivsrapport, ISSN 1401-2928 ; 2006:47
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organisation, work-related health, technical report
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20763OAI: diva2:187289
Financial support for these studies have been granted by The Swedish National Institute for Working Life and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (Grants No 2001:0333, 2001:2890, 2002:0316 and 2004:1898).Available from: 2007-11-30 Created: 2007-11-30Bibliographically approved

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