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The Role of Creativity in Post-Industrial Society: Exploring the implications of non-conventional technologies for work and management organisation

  • Paul Levy
Part of the Human-centred Systems book series (HCS)

Abstract

Competitive industrial markets demand state of the art use of new emerging technologies and manufacturing processes. To use new technologies effectively the dimension of human responsibility has to be explored and properly managed. Work has been carried out at CENTRM in the area of the human implications associated with the management of conventional technologies. However, non-conventional technologies and their associated organisational problems pose new challenges for the technology managers of the future. In this paper the problems of acquiring new knowledge of the worker and integration of technology and work and management processes is discussed drawing on comparative case data from the UK and Slovenia. Issues of creativity and motivation are stressed as being key factors in realising maximum human potential. The paper presents a tool for analysing the ‘non-conventional’ organisational design required to support exploitation of non-conventional technologies. This tool — the ‘creativity matrix’ examines the differing levels of creativity present in organisations and acts as a catalyst to organisational re-design. Environmental and organisational conditions of Factory 2000 are analysed in order to facilitate best practice exploitation of new non-conventional technologies, particularly the flexibility required to cope with increasing rates of market turbulence.

Keywords

Organisation Design Total Quality Management Conventional Technology Organisational Problem Competitive Priority 
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