New publication: ‘New Ways of Working’ as a tool for improving the performance of a knowledge-intensive company

This paper explores ‘New Ways of Working’ (NewWoW) – that is, non-traditional mobile and flexible work practices, settings and locations using sufficient ICT tools – as a novel approach to improve the performance of a knowledge-intensive organization.

This paper makes a contribution by illustrating how the measurement of the impacts of NewWoW can be done and by producing empirical evidence of the benefits of NewWoW. The conceptual background of the study is anchored in the literature on knowledge work productivity and performance as well as on NewWoW.

The empirical section reports a longitudinal case study of a change process during which the case company, Rapal, went through a NewWoW project. The impacts of the change are evaluated based on the results of both objective and subjective performance measures. The project was successful and resulted in significant cost savings as well as improvements in environmental performance (CO2 emissions).

Ruostela, J., Lönnqvist, A., Palvalin, M., Vuolle, M., Patjas, M. and Raij, A-L. (2014) ‘New Ways of Working’ as a tool for improving the performance of a knowledge-intensive company, Knowledge Management Research & Practice advance online publication, March 10, 2014; doi:10.1057/kmrp.2013.57

Free access to this paper during March (pdf).

This paper was written in collaboration with industry partners during the PRE research program of RYM Oy: NewWoW – Changing nature and requirements of knowledge work and their impact on management of an organization and spaces (driver company Rapal Oy).