Evaluation of management practices as a result of an implementation of a participatory ergonomics program in a poultry processing plant

Boone, Christie Priscilla (2013) Evaluation of management practices as a result of an implementation of a participatory ergonomics program in a poultry processing plant. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The ergonomics program in this study was initiated when a poultry processing plant contacted a university-based research alliance requesting a participatory ergonomics (PE) program implementation to address the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). This research observed changes in management practices as a result of the PE program. Management practices observed were communication, networking, and leadership. The PE program activities provided opportunities for quality social exchanges between levels of management, employees and project stakeholders. Results suggest that upper management committed financially to the PE program but did not engage management at all levels or promote stakeholder accountability. The program was driven by an Ergo-Team (ET) middle management member and much of the management participation was transactional in nature focusing on day to day program activities. The PE program remained at a superficial level within the organization, knowledge transfer capacities were not enhanced, and overall management practices were unchanged.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10179
Item ID: 10179
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 114-126).
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Poultry industry--Employees--Health and hygiene; Musculoskeletal emergencies; Poultry plants--Safety measures; Manufacturing processes--Human factors.

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