The purpose of this paper is to provide background to this special issue and consider how critically oriented research can be applied to health and social care management.
Basic principles of critical management studies are introduced briefly to frame subsequent papers in this issue.
In order to identify the wicked problems and darker sides of the care field, there is a need to study things in alternative ways through critical lenses. Giving a voice to those in less powerful positions may result in redefinition and redesign of conventional roles and agency of patients, volunteers and professionals and call into question the taken-for-granted understanding of health and social care management.
The special issue as a whole was designed to enhance critical approaches to the discussion in the field of health and social care. This editorial hopefully raises awareness of CMS and serves as an opening for further discussion on critical views in the research on management and organization in this field.
The authors would like to thank the participants for their contributions in the conference stream “Critical views on health care management”, held in Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester, UK, in July 2013.
Hujala, A., Laulainen, S. and Lindberg, K. (2014), "Powerless positions, silenced voices? – critical views on health and social care management", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 590-601. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-06-2014-0106
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