The curse of bureaucratisation or the blessings of professionalisation? Nurses’ engaged adoption of quality management in hybrid managerial positions

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Abstract

The paper concerns how new quality management in the Danish hospital sector has created new career and professionalisation opportunities for nurses. While the well-known dualism between the logics of professionalism and managerialism is challenged in the literature, not much is known about how engagement in the tighter steering of practice may converge with professional identities and meaningfulness in work. The paper applies a Bourdieusian and ethnographic approach to the examination of nurses’ enthusiastic involvement in quality management as they take up hybrid managerial positions in an acute care department. The findings demonstrate the importance of the material and symbolic value of scientific-bureaucratic knowledge in legitimizing quality management, achieving meaningfulness in practice and bolstering the professional role of nurses.

Hospital care; Hybrid management; Nursing; Meaningfulness in work; Professionalisation; Quality management; Symbolic capital
Original languageEnglish
Article number101050
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Volume35
Issue number3
ISSN0956-5221
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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