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

Distance management – a challenge in participatory interventions in virtual organizations
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Author:Christine IPSEN (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Liv GISH (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Signe POULSEN (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: F - Tools & methods     Session: F4 - Intervention studies – part I
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2388

Virtual organizations challenge the first line managers as they have to be able to manage from afar as distance managers. Investigating distance management in participatory multi-level interventions this paper presents a case study of four SMEs which have applied the multi-level participatory PoWRS program (Prevention of Work-Related Stress) over a six month period. Interviews were conducted with employees, in-house process facilitators, project managers and first line managers. The results show that distance managers are even more challenged in interventions especially regarding coordination of activities and ensuring commitment.