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OU-traditions

Development of employee's human and material resources, as well as services to users, have been dominated (See K. A. Røvik) by four traditions, each with its favorite change strategy, economic reasoning and desired results. These are:

  1. Engineering tradition
  2. Economist Tradition
  3. Psychologist Tradition
  4. Sociologist Tradition
Each tradition has of course its views on well-being, wellfare and the satisfaction of needs from a particular conception of values and humanity. Traditions are arranged from the weight they have had throughout the ages.

The early 20th century, for instance, was dominated by the Engineering tradition and that of Scientific Management.