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Rearranging tasks and responsibilities of coordinators in a professional and flexible environment at a cultural organisation in Borne. Research on professional space as organisational concept.

Wendt, Véronique H.D. (2015) Rearranging tasks and responsibilities of coordinators in a professional and flexible environment at a cultural organisation in Borne. Research on professional space as organisational concept.

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Abstract:This thesis covers a study which has been done at a cultural organisation in a flexible environment in Borne, the Netherlands. The organisation studied, has gone through some changes which led to the question which kind of structure the organisation would fit. Classification of the organisation has led to a mixture of structures. This mixture of structures asks for employees who can work functional as well as divisional. A concept which enables employees to do so, is the concept of professional space. Professional space is in need of employees who are empowered by the organisation, who are guided by a situational leadership style and who have the right competences to work with that professional space, based on self-managing behaviour and self-efficacy. In this study the following research questions have been answered: “In what way does the concept of professional space support the organisation’s aim for more flexibility and professionalism?”, “Which requirements need to be met for the organisation to implement the concept of professional space?”, “Which requirements are needed for the coordinators to work within the new situation?”. The empirical part of the study focuses on the organisation and provides an answer to the question “How does the organisation satisfy the requirements stated in literature?”. Results that came forward are: professional space supports the organisation’s aim for more flexibility and professionalism. It is needed for the employees to work within the mixture of structures beneficial for the organisation. There are different conditions which the organisation has to satisfy in order to enable employees, working with that space. The organisation satisfies them partly. Improvements can be made regarding indicators of clear goals, encouragement of teamwork, customised work, formalisation, challenging work, the use of reward systems and the situational leadership style. The requirements needed for the coordinators are requirements regarding their competences. A competences-profile has been developed, which includes all of the different categories of competences the coordinators need to have. Concepts including all of those competences are the concepts of self-managing behaviour and self-efficacy. This competences-profile can be used by the organisation to evaluate the coordinators’ competences. Final recommendations for the organisation include the development of an HR-strategy which supports the organisation in empowering the employees and enable them in dealing with professional space.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68013
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