The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze how physicians and nurses strategically employ the managerial logic.
A qualitative case study incorporating interviews and observations.
Neither physicians nor nurses were prone to strategically employing the managerial logic. However, when doing so nurses were able to acknowledge the legitimacy of managerial impact on practice, whereas the physicians were not. Consequently, physicians might find other, more subtle, ways to strategically employ the managerial logic.
This paper argues for and makes explicit the applicability of qualitative methods in order to delineate actors’ strategic use of available and accessible institutional logics, the conditions for such usage, as well as the multiplicity of actors’ interactions that needs to be taken into account when conducting qualitative data analysis of such occurrences. By the merits of the qualitative research approach utilized in this study, novel insights concerning the strategic use of the managerial logic in the everyday work of physicians and nurses were obtainable. These insights emphasize the necessity of acknowledging situational, organizational and institutional context, incorporating inter-professional power discrepancies and relations vis-à-vis managers.
Gadolin, C. (2018), "Professional employees’ strategic employment of the managerial logic in healthcare", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 126-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2016-1359Download as .RIS
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