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Healthcare managers in negative media focus: a qualitative study of personification processes and their consequences
University of Borås, School of Health Science. (Lärande, ledarskap och etik)
2014 (English)In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 14, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Over the last decade healthcare management and managers have increasingly been in focus in public debate. The purpose of the present study was to gain a deeper understanding of how prolonged, unfavorable media focus can influence both the individual as a person and his or her managerial practice in the healthcare organization. Methods In-depth interviews (n = 49) with 24 managers and their superiors, or subordinate human resources/information professionals, and partners were analyzed using a grounded theory approach.Results The conceptual model explains how perceived uncertainties related to the managerial role influence personification and its negative consequences. The role ambiguities comprised challenges regarding the separation of individual identity from the professional function, the interaction with intra-organizational support and political play, and the understanding and acceptance of roles in society. A higher degree of uncertainty in role ambiguity increased both personification and the personal reaction to intense media pressure. Three types of reactions were related to the feeling of being infringed: avoidance and narrow-mindedness; being hard on self, on subordinates, and/or family members; and resignation and dejection. The results are discussed so as to elucidate the importance of support from others within the organization when under media scrutiny. Conclusions The degree of personification seems to determine the personal consequences as well as the consequences for their managerial practice. Organizational support for managers appearing in the media would probably be beneficial for both the manager and the organization.

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BioMed Central Ltd. , 2014. Vol. 14, no 8
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Ledarskap
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Integrated Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1790DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-8ISI: 000330072600001PubMedID: 24397306Local ID: 2320/13276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1790DiVA, id: diva2:869868
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