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Managing preschool the Lean way: Evaluating work processes by numbers and colours
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2015 (English)In: Social Anthropology, ISSN 0964-0282, E-ISSN 1469-8676, Vol. 23, no 1, 42-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The management model Lean, originating from the car industry, has in recent years spread like wildfire in the public sector. One important component in the model is to set targets that are measurable to show results, visualising how taxpayers' money is used. The article examines how Swedish public-sector preschool staff handle evaluative techniques in the form of numbers and colours within the Lean model. The article shows their eagerness to comply with the ethics of evaluation, while at the same time resisting what they understand as hard-core statistics by, for example, introducing monitoring that includes feelings and experiences.

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2015. Vol. 23, no 1, 42-52 p.
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ethics of evaluation, numbers, colours, semiotic ideology, New Public Management
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117672DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12105OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-117672DiVA: diva2:815284
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Organisera förskolan enligt Lean. En industriell management modell kommer in i barnomsorgen
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-05-29 Created: 2015-05-29 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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