An exploration of the role of management controls in the selection and implementation of health promotion programs in Australian universities

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Abstract

This research examines the role of management controls on the selection and implementation of health promotion programs (HPPs) in the university sector. HPPs, which include any set of activities implemented to improve employee health (Potvin & Goldberg, 2012), have been shown to improve employee productivity and performance and thus to provide beneficial organisational outcomes (Grossmeier et al., 2016). However, research investigating the benefits of HPP implementation within different workplaces and contexts has produced mixed results (Caloyeras, Liu, Exum, Broderick, & Mattke, 2014; Liu et al., 2013). The mixed results reported in the literature are attributable to several factors such as the complexity of HPPs and the diverse agendas and contexts for their implementation (Bilodeau & Potvin, 2016). These implementation challenges have prompted calls for future research on HPPs to be based on proven implementation experiences and an understanding of the implementation context (Dooris, Wills, & Newton, 2014). Several challenges are associated with implementing suitable HPPs for different managerial contexts. Prior management control studies have shown that organisations influence employee health using specific management controls such as health statements that provide measures of a workforce’s health (Almqvist, Backlund, Sjoblom, & Rimmel, 2007). Further research is required to examine how a broader range of management controls and systems influence the ways that HPPs are implemented within organisations (Larsson, Åkerlind, & Sandmark, 2016). Therefore, the research question examined in this study is: what is the role of management controls in the selection and implementation of HPPs? To address the research question, the first of two research objectives investigates the type of HPPs implemented in the university sector. A broad understanding of the institutional context in which HPPs are implemented is developed: which health issues and health risk factors are being targeted, which activities appear to be prioritised and managed, and which are not being used by a sample of Australian universities. Following this investigation, the second research objective examines the managerial contexts for HPP implementation. In particular, this objective is to examine the influence of management controls on the selection and implementation of HPPs. A broad range of management controls used by universities in the process of implementing HPPs is examined.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Griffith University Queensland
Award date1 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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