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Health Promotion and Flexibility – Extending and Obscuring Power in Organizations  
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business, Management & Organisation.
2009 (English)In: British Journal of Management, ISSN 1045-3172, E-ISSN 1467-8551, Vol. 20, no 1, 194-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper explores the intersection between pursuits of improving organizational flexibility and pursuits of improving employees' health. It is argued that health promotion programmes have the potential of operating as mechanisms of power, which assist organizations in making up self-governing employees who flexibly adapt their lifestyles to the criteria of health and professional success. The paper shows how the fact that health promotion programmes are handled by independent and legitimate health experts, and are provided to employees in the name of their health and well-being, obscures the forces of power in them, making them seem merely as informed ways of helping employees help themselves towards healthier and more successful lives. The paper concludes that health promotion programmes help to establish a new work ethic that challenges the boundary between work and private life. Furthermore, they make a healthy lifestyle part of the competencies that employees are responsible for developing and nurturing.

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2009. Vol. 20, no 1, 194-203 p.
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55805DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2008.00638.xISI: 000263519200015OAI: diva2:406866
Available from: 2011-03-28 Created: 2011-03-28 Last updated: 2011-05-06Bibliographically approved

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