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  • 51.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Lagrosen, Stefan
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    The Quality Café as a method for organisational learning and quality development2013In: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance / [ed] Vincent Ribiere,Lugkana Worasinchai, Bangkok: The Institute for Knowledge and Innovation , 2013, p. 203-208Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports a study into the usefulness of a method called the Quality Café. The method is based on the World Café method which has been supplemented with the quality management tool,

    affinity diagrams. The purpose of this paper is to investigate The Quality Cafe as a method for organisational learning and quality development. The paper is based on theory from quality management and organisational learning. A framework depicting quality man-agement as a system of components of different profundity is presented. In the study the possibility of integrating more profound aspects in one of the superficial tools, the affinity diagram, is assessed. A case study has been carried out in which a Quality Café was performed in a Swedish SPA-hotel. The results have been as-sessed for their usefulness for the company as well as for research. It is found that the method was useful in both regards in this specific case which indicates its us-ability. Nevertheless further research is needed to assess the general usefulness of the method.

  • 52.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Lagrosen, Stefan
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Work Integrated Learning for Schoool Quality and Health2011In: 10th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation and Knowledge Management: 15 - 18 February 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2011, p. 580-585Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 53.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Industrial Engineering and Management, Electrical- and Mechanical Engineering.
    Lagrosen, Stefan
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Lind, Linda
    University West, Department of Engineering Science.
    Employee health in the wellness industry2013In: Toulon-Verona Conference XVI. USB-minne, Toulon-Verona Conference , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Employee health is becoming increasingly focused as lacking health cause unnecessary costs while better health has been related to higher quality and performance. This paper reports a study in the wellness sector. As this industry has health as its business mission, it might be reasonable to assume that it is populated by health conscious individuals. The purpose has been to investigate health creating dimensions in the wellness industry. Seven leading Swedish SPA-hotels have been studied using a novel methodology based on the quality café-method. This method has the ‘world café-method’ at its basis but has been developed by inclusion of quality management methods. Quality cafés focusing on health creating aspects have been carried out at the seven hotels with staff from different departments as participants. The resulting data were analysed with the constant comparative method from the grounded theory approach. As a result four dimensions of employee health have been defined. In the paper, the dimensions are described and related to theories of quality management and health promotion. The findings should be valuable for the theoretical understanding of health creating factors in the wellness industry as well as for managers striving to improve the health status of their employees.

  • 54.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Divison of Natural Sciences, Surveying and Mechanical Engineering.
    Travis, Fred
    Maharishi University of Management, USA.
    Developing a neuropsychological measurement to capture workplace learning2014In: PMA (The Performance Management Association) 14 Conference Proceedings: Performance Management: Designing the High-Performing Organization, Aarhus: Aarhus University , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    The purpose of the paper is to develop a measurement instrument which measures workplace learning and reflects the connections between quality, learning and brain functioning. 

    Design/ Approach/ Methodology

    A literature review is conducted, investigating measures of workplace learning as well as the connections between brain functioning and management. Further studies will use the Brain Integration Scale, whether the brain functions in isolated units or as an integrated whole, calculated from brain waves measured during two reaction-time tasks, to compare levels of brain integration with measures of quality and learning.

     Findings

    The dimensions “empathy”, “integrity”, “presence and communication”, “influence”, “development”, “being informed”, “work-integrated learning” and “flow” were found to be relevant from the literature review to be tested for inclusion in the measurement instrument. Other measures which has shown to be correlated with high brain integration could be included as well. 

    Practical implication

    High organisational change requires continuous flexibility of leaders and co-workers, which can lead to poor health. The proposed measurement instrument can be used by managers togain insight into underlying mechanisms in the organisational culture that influence employees´ learning and potential for development. It could be used as a first step for improvements “to break the ice”.

    Orginality/value

    Traditional ways of measuring working environment are rarely connected to brain functioning of the employees. Only requiring small resources, this approach adds to an understanding of underlying mechanisms.

  • 55.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences.
    Travis, Frederick
    Maharishi Univ Management, Ctr Brain Consciousness & Cognit, Fairfield, IA USA.
    Developing a neuropsychological measurement to capture workplace learning2016In: Journal of Modelling in Management, ISSN 1746-5664, E-ISSN 1746-5672, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 783-801Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to examine variables to be included in a measurement instrument which measures workplace learning related to recent research into quality management and brain functioning. Design/methodology/approach - A literature review was conducted, investigating measures of workplace learning as well as the connections between brain functioning and management. Further studies will use the brain integration scale to compare levels of brain integration with measures of workplace learning. Findings - The variables “empathy”, “presence and communication”, “continuity”, “influence”, “development”, “work-integrated learning” and “flow” were found to be relevant from the literature review to be tested for inclusion in the measurement instrument. A measurement model with these variables included has been developed. Research limitations/implications - This paper is conceptual in its nature. Empirical studies are needed to validate the propositions. Practical implications - The proposed measurement instrument can be used by managers to gain insight into underlying mechanisms in the organizational culture that influence employees’ learning and potential for development. Thus, it can aid managers to achieve profound learning in their organizations, which is necessary for continuously maintaining high quality of products and services. Social implications - For society, the implementation of the proposed measurement instrument in companies could lead to better health and higher job satisfaction among employees. Originality/value - Traditional ways of measuring working environment are rarely connected to brain functioning of the employees. Only requiring small resources, this approach adds to an understanding of underlying mechanisms.

  • 56.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Industrial Engineering and Management, Electrical- and Mechanical Engineering.
    Travis, Frederick
    Maharishi University of Management, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, Fairfield, Iowa, USA).
    Lagrosen, Stefan
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Brain integration as a driver for quality management success2012In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 253-269Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper research leading to quality management success is examined, elaborated, and highlighted in a new profound way by focusing on the most fundamental aspect of the human dimension, the brain. The purpose is to examine the relationship between brain functioning and quality management success. In this examination, the role of core values, profound organizational learning and values of quality management are explained.

     

    Design/methodology/approach

    The paper builds on a conceptual review of research in the areas of quality management success, values of quality management, core values and neurophysiology with focus on brain integration. 

     

    Findings

    The relation of core values with brain functioning is described based on previous research. A framework with logical steps from brain integration, via core values, quality management values and quality management practices to quality management success is developed.

     

    Research limitations/implications

    The paper adds to the understanding of the role brain integration has for success in quality management efforts. A limitation is that it only builds on previous research.

     

    Practical implications

    The findings provide a deeper understanding of quality management success and should thus be valuable for quality managers and leaders striving for excellence for their organisations.

     

    Originality/value

    The importance and crucial role of brain integration for quality management success has not been elaborated in the literature of quality management before.

     

    Keywords

    Quality management, brain integration, core values, organisational learning, quality management success, culture, quality management values, decision-making

     

     

  • 57.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Travis, Frederick
    Lagrosen, Stefan
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Entrepreneurship, organisational success and brain integration2011In: Uddevalla Symposium 2011 : Entrepreneurial knowledge, technology and transformation of regions: 16-18 June, Bergamo, Italy / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, 2011, p. 431-439Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 58.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Travis, Frederick T.
    Maharishi University of Management, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, Fairfield, IN, United States.
    Exploring the connection between quality management and brain functioning2015In: The TQM Journal, ISSN 1754-2731, E-ISSN 1754-274X, Vol. 27, no 5, p. 565-575Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore possible connections between brain functioning and quality management. Design/methodology/approach: Five central principles regarding brain functioning according to neuroscience are conceptually described and related to principles and major concepts in quality management with a special emphasis on Deming’s system of profound knowledge. Findings: The principles are shown to be related in a profound way. The first principle of coherence is closely related to appreciation for a system. The principle of homeostatic feedback loops concerns events that disturb the equilibrium of a system and is related to knowledge about variation. Neural plasticity is related to a theory of knowledge. The last two principles involve emotional and cognitive contributions to decision-making. They are closely related to the element psychology and one of them could lead to a further development of Deming’s system of profound knowledge. Research limitations/implications: The paper adds to the understanding of the role brain integration has for success in quality management efforts. A limitation is that it is difficult to localise higher-order thinking in brain function. Nonetheless, the research is indicative and provocative as a window to stimulate research into the fundamental basis of quality management success. Practical implications: The findings provide a deeper understanding of profound knowledge in quality management through relating it to how the brain is functioning, which is of value for quality managers and leaders striving for excellence for their organisations. Originality/value: The connection of brain principles with Deming’s profound knowledge has not been elaborated in the literature before. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • 59.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Winroth, Jan
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Health and Culture.
    Organisatoriskt lärande för kvalitet och hälsa2010In: Lärande i och för det nya arbetslivet / [ed] Lagrosen, Stefan, Lundh Snis, Ulrika & Nehls, Eddy, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2010, 1. uppl., p. 235-253Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 60.
    Travis, Fred
    et al.
    Maharishi University of Management, USA.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Creativity and Brain-Functioning in Product Development Engineers: A Canonical Correlation Analysis2014In: Creativity Research Journal, ISSN 1040-0419, E-ISSN 1532-6934, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 239-243Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study used canonical correlation analysis to explore the relation among scores on the Torrance test of figural and verbal creativity and demographic, psychological and physiological measures in Swedish product-development engineers. The first canonical variate included figural and verbal flexibility and originality as dependent measures and (a) higher scores on the brain integration scale, (b) faster speed of processing in an event-related potential task, (c) faster conflict-resolution during the Stroop task, (d) higher moral reasoning, and (e) higher manageability and lower comprehensibility as independent measures. Flexibility and originality reflect the ability to see old situations in new ways leading to unique responses. Greater mental adaptability was associated with greater brain integration and speed of processing along with higher moral reasoning and feeling of being in control. Future research could investigate effects of interventions that optimize brain integration on creative output across professions.

  • 61. Travis, Frederick
    et al.
    Harung, Harald
    Oslo University College.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Moral development, Executive Functioning, Peak Experiences and Brain Pattern in Professional and Amateur Classical Musicians. Interpretation in light of a Unified Field Theory of Performance2011In: Consciousness and Cognition, ISSN 1053-8100, E-ISSN 1090-2376, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 1256-1264Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study compared professional and amateur classical musicians matched for age, gender, and education on reaction times during the Stroop color-word test, brainwaves during an auditory ERP task and during paired reaction-time tasks, responses on the Gibbs Sociomoral Reflection questionnaire, and self-reported frequencies of peak experiences. Professional musicians were characterized by: (1) lower color-word interference effects (Stroop task), (2) faster categorization of rare expected stimuli (P3b), and a trend for faster processing of rare unexpected stimuli (P3a), (3) higher scores on the Sociomoral Reflection questionnaire, and (4) more frequent peak experiences during rest, tasks, and sleep. Both groups had high values on the Brain Integration Scale. These findings are interpreted in light of a Unified Theory of Performance, which posits that effectiveness in any area is influenced by one’s level of mind-brain development—emotional, cognitive, moral, ego and cortical development—with higher mind-brain development supporting greater effectiveness in any domain.

  • 62. Travis, Frederick
    et al.
    Lagrosen, Yvonne
    University West, Department of Engineering Science.
    Exploring Underlying Principles of Brain Functioning for Efficient Entreprenurial Organizing2011In: Uddevalla Symposium 2011 : Entrepreneurial knowledge, technology and transformation of regions: 16-18 june, Bergamo, Italy / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, 2011, p. 441-449Conference paper (Refereed)
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