The grand doctoral plan: using knowledge management to promote psychosocial risk management: an enterprise level perspective

Fadipe, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-8228-9199, 2016. The grand doctoral plan: using knowledge management to promote psychosocial risk management: an enterprise level perspective. In: K. Teoh, V. Dediu, N.J. Saade and J. Hassard, eds., Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology: Occupational Health Psychology in Times of Change: Society and the Workplace. Nottingham: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP), pp. 15-16. ISBN 9780992878627

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Abstract

As our society advances under the influence of novel technology and ever-changing economic and social environments, so do our workplaces, work practices and processes subject to constant changes (European risk observatory, 2015). These new conditions bring with them new and emerging risks and challenges for workers and employers which demand the implementation of various approaches that ensure high levels of health and safety is maintained at work. One of these occupational safety and health risk is psychosocial risks which are known to have a negative impact on workers' mental and physical health as well as organisational health (motivation, commitment, productivity) due to the exposure of workers to psychosocial hazards. At the policy level (Jain et al., 2014), legislations that are clearly directed at psychosocial risks, work-related stress, mental health in the workplace, harassment and bullying with reference to risk evaluation for psychosocial risks as an employer responsibility have been entrenched. Despite this prognosis, there is doubt as to whether these specific legislations will achieve the desired outcomes, since interventions as opposed to preventive actions still seem to be lacking across countries. Notwithstanding a common legal framework in EU which covers all forms of hazards to workers' health, there appears to be limited awareness of this provision both by employers and other key stakeholders. Despite various psychosocial risk management (PRM) initiatives, there is still high levels of difficulty in tackling psychosocial risk (ESENER, 2009). There is an urgent need to reduce the threat which these risks pose to employees and enterprises. In an attempt to find a solution to this problem, and since studies have established significant connections between knowledge factors and enterprise innovation, performance and economic growth, while knowledge integration within the organisation has been linked to product development effectiveness, reduced defect density by improving efficiency, lowered warranty defects, and increased software development efficiency; it suffices to investigate the manner through which knowledge management could impact the promotion of psychosocial risk management. Based on these assertions, this study aims to determine how knowledge management can be an integral part of psychosocial risk management process, as a complementary approach within the enterprise, in attaining improved enterprise performance, by determining the role of key factors and processes in psychosocial risk management (PRM) and knowledge management (KM) using documentary data to examine how businesses use rhetorical devices to construct a version of reality which improves their competitive advantage; to identify overlapping factors and processes between PRM and KM by adopting a thematic approach to reveal potential parallels or inconsistencies in patterns, associations, concepts, and explanations. Furthermore, a case-study scenario will extensively explore the complementary interaction that may exist between KM and PRM that can be used to improve workers' health. The final stages of this research will focus on determining how PRM can be used to promote enhanced performance in knowledge economies using secondary data and the interview method as a tool to capture the stakeholders perspectives based on their area of expertise, as it relates to knowledge and psychosocial risk management concepts.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Research Forum
Creators: Fadipe, T.
Publisher: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP)
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2016
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 17 Jan 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29751

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