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Health-related quality management values: comparing manager and co-worker perceptions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Quality Management and Mechanical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7621-2649
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper was to modify an existing survey that measures co-worker perceptions of health-related quality management (QM) values and perceived health and to measure both co-worker and manager perceptions of those values. The purpose was also to test the modified survey and then compare theresults from managers and co-workers from two organizations in which the survey has been used to measure baseline data in a lean research project and to help managers understand the areas where improvement isneeded. Design/methodology/approach – An earlier survey measuring co-worker perception of the dimensions of the health-related QM values “leadership commitment” and “participation of everybody” has been developed with corresponding statements for managers. The results of the survey were analyzed using SPSS(Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was calculated for each of thedimensions, and the correlations between the dimensions and the health index were investigated using the Pearson correlation. The mean and standard deviation were also calculated. Findings – The modified survey is presented in the paper, and the results demonstrate that the managers’ perception of the presence of health-related QM values is higher than that of the co-workers. Seeing the leadership from the co-workers’ standpoint compared with the managers’ perspective provides novel insight for both the researcher and the managers. Originality/value – Leaders in organizations must develop greater efficiency to improve operational performance and develop healthy work environments. Practicing QM can benefit performance and is central for inspiring quality and efficiency within organizations, as well as for enhancing co-worker well-being. Earlier research found relationships between co-workers’ perception of their health and the health-related QMvalues “leadership commitment” and “participation of everybody.” With the survey presented in this paper, it is possible to measure these health-related QM values and provide a comparison between manager and coworker perceptions.

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Quality management, Management commitment, Employee participation, Quality culture, Survey, Measurement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37740DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-08-2018-0071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-37740DiVA, id: diva2:1371540
Available from: 2019-11-20 Created: 2019-11-20 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved

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