This study is based on an interest in the role of employed volunteer-consultants in Danish municipalities and possible challenges they encounter being ‘bridge-builders’ between the municipality and civil society. The study is based on a theoretical framework consisting of theory of public governance paradigms, boundary spanning and distributed leadership to form a framework for the role of volunteer-consultants. The method of this study is based on mixed methods. More specifically, qualitative methods in the form of document analysis of municipal strategies for volunteerism and volunteer-consultants job descriptions, research interviews and observation. The quantitative method consists of a survey of the total population of volunteer-consultants. The analysis's analytical framework is divided into two. The first part is based on the qualitative data and attempts to frame volunteer-consultants based on the boundary spanner theory. Furthermore, it is studied whether volunteer-consultants experience a need for autonomy in order to build and maintain strong networks for actors both within the municipality and outside in civil society. Furthermore, it is studied how the volunteer-consultants encounter a structural challenge because municipalities use different management tools with conflicting purposes. Based on Analysis I, three assumptions are developed that Analysis II attempts to test based on the survey. In conclusion, it is emphasized that volunteer-consultants as boundary spanners encounter several challenges in their work. They need autonomy to carry out their role as collaborators with actors in civil society but are at the same time influenced by management tools that constricts them in several. It challenges their work and, on the basis of the survey, it can be questioned whether volunteer-consultants requires better sparring with management and colleagues while achieving a higher degree of autonomy to succeed.
|Uddannelser||Politik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||1 jun. 2018|
- Boundary spanning
- Distributiv ledelse
- Kvalitative forskningsinterviews