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Principal Investigator:
Professor Stephen Wood
Institute of Work Psychology
University of Sheffield

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council
Date: Completed 2008

Aims: High involvement management, lean production and family-friendly practices are viewed as critical ways of improving individual well-being and organisational efficiency. The study aims:

  1. To examine (a) the changing nature of high involvement management, lean production and family-friendly management, including the association between each of them, and (b) the contexts where they are found and predictors of their use.
  2. To assess the impact that these forms of management, independently or jointly, have on (a) employee well-being, (b) commitment and (c) job satisfaction.
  3. To test (a) the association between these forms of management, independently or jointly, and organisational performance, (b) the extent to which performance effects are contingent on third factors (e.g. business
    strategy or trade unionism, (c) whether the performance effects are mediated by employee-outcomes (e.g. well-being) and (d) whether the above relationships have changed over time.

Design: The study used data from the Workplace Employee Relations Surveys of 2004. Analysis procedures include latent variable analysis, multi-level modelling, path analysis and configuration analysis.

Wood, S. (2008). High Involvement management, Employee Well- Being and Organisational Performance: Non-Technical Summary, ESRC End of Award Report, RES-000-23-1482. Swindon: ESRC