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Modeling Structural Activity System of R&D Firms in a Developing Economy to Enhance new Practices Implementation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
Number of Authors: 1
2015 (English)In: 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) and the Affilated Conferences, Las Vegas, NV, Jul 26-30, 2015 / [ed] Ahram, T; Karwowski, W; Schmorrow, D, 2015, Vol. 3, 660-667 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the middle and late 1960's, large numbers of Research and Development (R&D) firms were established in many developing countries to provide effective services to small and medium scale enterprises. But over the years, the ability of these R&D-oriented firms to provide such effective assistances was constrained due to management challenges. In this regard efforts were made by most of these firms to implement new management practices derived from successful business principles and practices of firms in the EU and elsewhere, in order to help strengthened their capability to provide effective client services. Yet, there was the realisation that the efforts of most of these R&D firms to implement and internalise the new management practices were constrained and as such not successful. The purpose of this study therefore, was to identify and understand the factors that constrained the R&Ds’ practices implementation and internalization efforts. Using a systemic structural activity theoretical framework and a qualitative approach, the implementation effort of an R&D firm in Trinidad was explored. The results showed that during the firm's practice implementation, the quality of its internal environment was diffused as a result of employees and management seeing things in different perspectives. This resulted in the emergence of a fuzzy understanding of the firm's corporate culture by employees, with individual interpretations and understandings of the firm's organizational values and norms. It is concluded that the R&D's effort to implement and internalize new management practices was not only constrained by factors relating to its external environment, but also by the prevalence of activity contradictions within its structural and activity system

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2015. Vol. 3, 660-667 p.
Keyword [en]
Management practices, Practice implementation, R&D firms, Developing economy, Organizational activity system, Business / Economics - Business studies, Industrial engineering and economy - Industrial organisation, administration and economics, Manufacturing engineering and work sciences - Work sciences and ergonomics
Keyword [sv]
Ekonomi - Företagsekonomi, Industriell teknik och ekonomi - Industriell organisation, administration och ekonomi, Produktion och arbetsvetenskap - Arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Human Work Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37808DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.299ISI: 000383740300091Local ID: bf074809-b820-4f49-a2a4-7978c5d66f40OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-37808DiVA: diva2:1011306
Conference
International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics : 26/07/2015 - 30/07/2015
Note

 Validerad; 2016; Nivå 1; 2016-11-25 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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