The Implementation of a Quality System in the Care Sector for Elderly and Handicapped People: A Swedish Case Study

The Implementation of a Quality System in the Care Sector for Elderly and Handicapped People: A... This paper presents the empirical research results conducted in a Swedish care organization for elderly and handicapped. The objective of the research was to empirically assess the implementation and practices of a quality system (ISO 9000) from an organizational change and development perspective. The empirical data were collected through multiple methods; interviews were carried out with key‐persons and leadership in the organisation and surveys were conducted to all employees. Interactive methods have been applied to various groups in the organisations e.g., directors, supervisors, and the leadership of the quality project and the local politicians. The empirical findings indicate, among others, taht the implementation processes were received and perceived differently in the different parts of the care organisation due to different leadership strategies and employee involvement policies. Other critical factors such as acceptance, resistance, motivation, commitment, the role of leadership, learning possibility, etc. have also been investigated, analysed and discussed. Finally some recommendations on how to approach organisational change as well as strategies for implementing a quality system in the care sector are presented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal on Quality Emerald Publishing

The Implementation of a Quality System in the Care Sector for Elderly and Handicapped People: A Swedish Case Study

Asian Journal on Quality, Volume 6 (3): 18 – Dec 18, 2005

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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1598-2688
DOI
10.1108/15982688200500020
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Abstract

This paper presents the empirical research results conducted in a Swedish care organization for elderly and handicapped. The objective of the research was to empirically assess the implementation and practices of a quality system (ISO 9000) from an organizational change and development perspective. The empirical data were collected through multiple methods; interviews were carried out with key‐persons and leadership in the organisation and surveys were conducted to all employees. Interactive methods have been applied to various groups in the organisations e.g., directors, supervisors, and the leadership of the quality project and the local politicians. The empirical findings indicate, among others, taht the implementation processes were received and perceived differently in the different parts of the care organisation due to different leadership strategies and employee involvement policies. Other critical factors such as acceptance, resistance, motivation, commitment, the role of leadership, learning possibility, etc. have also been investigated, analysed and discussed. Finally some recommendations on how to approach organisational change as well as strategies for implementing a quality system in the care sector are presented.

Journal

Asian Journal on QualityEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 18, 2005

Keywords: ISO 9000; Organizational change and development; Leadership; Employee involvement; Quality system; Care sector

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