‘Same, but different’: A mixed-methods realist evaluation of a cluster-randomized controlled participatory organizational intervention

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  • Johan Simonsen Abildgaard
  • Karina Nielsen
  • Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen
  • Thomas Maltesen
  • Christensen, Karl Bang
  • Andreas Holtermann

Participatory organizational interventions are a recommended approach to improve the psychosocial work environment. As interventions of this type are shaped by employees and managers, their implementation can vary considerably, making evaluation challenging. This study contributes to our understanding of interventions by focusing on how the intervention mechanisms and the organizational context interact. In a mixed-methods design, we use multi-group structural equation modelling of pre-and post-intervention survey data (N = 204) to test multiple mediational mechanisms in three different contexts. We then analyse interviews (N = 67) and field observations of workshops to identify the role of contextual factors. The findings suggest that participatory organizational interventions do not produce one-size-fits-all results; on the contrary, intervention results are better understood as products of multiple intervention mechanisms interacting with the specific organizational contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Relations
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

    Research areas

  • collective efficacy, context, structural equation modelling, transformational leadership, work environment

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