This thesis is an analysis of management rationales and management roles in Danish child day care centres. Over the last few years, conditions for management have changed dramatically. Most importantly the bar has been raised concerning standards and expectations in relation to management. The central aim of this thesis is therefore to conduct an analysis of how managers in child day care centres understand the character of their practice and management roles. The central problem investigated by the thesis can be stated as follows: Which rationales and management roles are attributed meaning in the communication about management in the field of child day care in the municipality of Høje-Taastrup and how do these roles and rationales create a space of negotiation about management on different levels? The analysis is based on empirical studies including qualitative interviews with seven managers in the Municipality of Høje-Taastrup. The primary theoretical approach is the Social System Theory of Niklas Luhmann. The main discussions in the thesis revolve around the following issues: Within the field of child day care, competent management is a key issue. This means that managers are expected to possess knowledge and competence in the field of management in addition to their professional knowledge. Management in the day care centres is seen as closely tied to core values in the day care profession. Therefore the managers understand management as a specialized discipline that relates to the field that is managed and not as a general discipline. Managers of child day care work under what can be described as polyphonic conditions due to the reference to different rationalities in use on distinct levels of administration. The managers must therefore translate between the different codes and rationales used in the communication. Management in the day care centres is understood as “conduct of conduct”. This means that the managers perceive themselves as facilitators of their co-workers self-management, rather than relying on top-down management. So, the benchmark of meaningful management within the field of day care is management based on trust and respect. Therefore managers tend to dissociate themselves from management tools and techniques based on control, rules and orders.
|Uddannelser||Forvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||1 jun. 2009|
|Vejledere||Mai-britt Herløv Petersen|