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Identity work of successful primary care managers and competing institutional logics

Conference contribution
Authors Monica Andersson Bäck
Sofia Kjellström
Gunilla Avby
Published in EGOS 2017, Copenhagen
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Keywords Institutiional logic perspective; managerial identity work; primary care; Sweden
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Social Work, Work Sciences

Abstract

AbsThis paper rests on bourgeoning research that has awakened a strong interest among organizational scholars, considering self-reflexive identity work linked to the processes of revealing, effectuating, and reflecting change of institutional logic. We combine two strands of theories, the one related to institutional logics perspective with theory of identity work. Based on a qualitative case study and against the background of change in Swedish primary healthcare, we aimed to explore institutionalization processes related to micro-social interactions of five primary care managers, who were handling a multiplicity of institutional logics – competing, co-existing and complementing – while working their identity in relation to significant actors. The findings showed mechanisms of change, and as a result new constellations of logics. The constellations varied however from primary care center to center, and from manager to manager, visualizing individual variation in influencing institutional logics as well as being influenced. The findings demonstrated managers’ identity work as a process in which the managers strive to work managerial ideas, self-perceptions, and experiences, as well as expectations and views held by significant others.

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