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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

The importance of common activity in SMEs for economic development and health
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Author:Kenneth DAUN (Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden)
Mikael BLOMÉ (Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden)
Christofer RYDENFÄLT (Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden)
Per ODENRICK (Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: E - Organization & management     Session: E3 - Learning organizations
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2328

This paper explores the importance of common activity in SMEs for economic development and health through a case description of a company that was followed for thirteen years. After a number of years of stagnation and economic decline, a company development program changed the employees from being “loyal doers” to becoming coworkers who were able to take responsibility. The importance of learning through common activities to improve the individual co-worker’s skills to cooperate and to increase selfimposed actions improved the economic results of the company. This was the consequence of the well-being of the employees and of satisfied, faithful customers who increased over time.