Shared services centers and work sustainability: which contributions from ergonomics?

Abstract : This study examines the way in which Shared Services Centers (SSCs) were implemented in a French multinational company. It aims to characterize the change according to the capabilities model developed by Amartya Sen: what are the effects of SSCs in terms of capabilities development and developmental quality of work, i.e. in the enabling potential of work? A 3-step methodology has been used: first, an investigation was conducted in a pay service of a local entity moving into SSC in 2013; second, two investigations were conducted in another pay service of a SSC: first, a few months after the change, and then, one year after the change (the same operators were interviewed). Results show a tendency to the decrease of the enabling potential. Additionally, it was noted that administrators are kept away from the design process and have to struggle with inappropriate rules. The efficiency and sustainability of the SSC are questioned; in this context, the human factor specialist has an important role to play.
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Justine Arnoud, Pierre Falzon. Shared services centers and work sustainability: which contributions from ergonomics?. WORK, IOS Press, 2012, vol. 41 (Suppl. n° 1), pp. 3914-3919. ⟨10.3233/WOR-2012-0061-3914⟩. ⟨hal-01129405⟩



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