The experimental project described is designed to meet the challenge of social and technology developments to the existing shipboard organization. The general raising of educational standards coupled with the "de-skilling" of jobs on board ship have posed many problems in the management of seafaring manpower, both in Norway and the other major shipping industries in Europe. Much research has been undertaken into seafaring, and the Work Research Institute in Norway has developed a strategy known as action research, which differs from social research science in several respects, for example: 1. The complex interrelatedness of the system at hand is explicitly recognized. 2. An attempt is made to change one or two significant variables and observe the outcome. The changes are then adopted and adapted and new directions for development found. 3. Both researcher and client collaborate in learning how to bring about change and to formulate desirable changes. Reshaped policies are thus much more readily adopted. The first project within this action research strategy was with the Leif Hoegh Company on board the Hoegh Mistral and was designed to enhance the technical content of the ratings' jobs and their career prospects. The second major application of this approach was to the skill content and work organization of officers' jobs. Pressures on the existing ship organization are briefly commented on. Two alternative organizational models: the Operation/Maintenance Model and the Matrix type of organization on board the Hoegh Multina are then described, together with the experiences of working within the Matrix system. Order from: BSRA as No. 47547.

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    Taylor & Francis

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  • Authors:
    • Roggema, J
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

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  • Accession Number: 00172136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM