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Societies 2017, 7(2), 12; doi:10.3390/soc7020012

Health-Promoting Managerial Work: A Theoretical Framework for a Leadership Program that Supports Knowledge and Capability to Craft Sustainable Work Practices in Daily Practice and During Organizational Change

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Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
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School of Technology and Health, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 141 57 Huddinge, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Kristine Crondahl
Received: 9 February 2017 / Revised: 11 April 2017 / Accepted: 28 April 2017 / Published: 5 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion)
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The aim of this article is to describe a theoretical framework, i.e., theoretical underpinnings and pedagogical principles, for leadership programs that support managers’ evidence-based knowledge of health-promoting psychosocial work conditions, as well as their capability to apply, adapt, and craft sustainable managerial work practices. First, the theoretical framing is introduced, i.e., a system theory that integrates key work conditions with a practical perspective on managerial work and organization. Second, pedagogical principles and measures for leaders’ training in integrated handling across system levels are described. Last, we present summarized results from an intervention study applying the theoretical framework and pedagogical principles. The complexity of interactions among different factors in a work system, and the variety in possible implementation approaches, presents challenges for the capability of managers to craft sustainable and health-promoting conditions, as well as the evaluation of the program components. Nevertheless, the evaluation reveals the strength of the program, in providing holistic and context-sensitive approaches for how to train and apply an integrative approach for improving the work environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: Leadership; training; health promotion; system theory; managerial work; sustainability Leadership; training; health promotion; system theory; managerial work; sustainability
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Dellve, L.; Eriksson, A. Health-Promoting Managerial Work: A Theoretical Framework for a Leadership Program that Supports Knowledge and Capability to Craft Sustainable Work Practices in Daily Practice and During Organizational Change. Societies 2017, 7, 12.

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