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"New Ways of Working" as a tool for improving the performance of a knowledge-intensive company

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-390
Number of pages9
JournalKnowledge Management Research and Practice
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

This paper explores ‘New Ways of Working’ (NewWoW) – that is, non-traditional mobile and flexible work practices, settings and locations using sufficient ICT tools – as a novel approach to improve the performance of a knowledge-intensive organization. This paper makes a contribution by illustrating how the measurement of the impacts of NewWoW can be done and by producing empirical evidence of the benefits of NewWoW. The conceptual background of the study is anchored in the literature on knowledge work productivity and performance as well as on NewWoW. The empirical section reports a longitudinal case study of a change process during which the case company, Rapal, went through a NewWoW project. The impacts of the change are evaluated based on the results of both objective and subjective performance measures. The project was successful and resulted in significant cost savings as well as improvements in environmental performance (CO2 emissions).

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Field of science, Statistics Finland