ERIC Number: ED335448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Planning Self-Managed Work Groups. Features of Self-Managed Work Groups. Results of Using Self-Managed Work Groups. Issues and Implications in Using Self-Managed Work Groups. Status of Ohio Manufacturing Companies.
Smylie, Patrick E.; Jacobs, Ronald L.
A study was conducted to describe the present status of self-managed work groups in Ohio manufacturing companies. Data for the study were gathered through lengthy interviews and site visits with 45 manufacturing companies in the state, 24 employing 2,000-14,000 workers and 21 employing 300 to 1,900 workers. The results of the study are presented in four separate reports contained in this document. They address the following subjects: (1) planning to use self-managed work groups, which answers questions about the planning processes used, goals that have been identified, the role of pilot areas, and training programs that are provided; (2) features of such groups, including what company structures and what features are used, the roles of steering committees and group leaders, and what other organizational changes have occurred; (3) results of using self-managed work groups, outlining what job and processes changes occurred, the organizational impacts, the perceived value of the change, and what would be done differently; and issues and implications that emerged during the study, such as the appropriateness of self-managed work groups, use of a broader change process, changes in compensation schemes, employee development as a goal, and allocation of resources. A list of participating companies is attached. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Business Administration, Employee Responsibility, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Personnel, Job Enrichment, Labor Conditions, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Organizational Development, Quality of Working Life, Self Directed Groups, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.