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Sebrant, Ulla
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Sebrant, U. (2014). Emotion, Power and Identity: Emotional display of envy when taking on management roles in a professional hierarchy. Journal of Health Organisation & Management, 28(4), 548-561
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotion, Power and Identity: Emotional display of envy when taking on management roles in a professional hierarchy
2014 (English)In: Journal of Health Organisation & Management, ISSN 1477-7266, E-ISSN 1758-7247, ISSN 1477-7266, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 548-561Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Drawing on a previous study of organising processes and the construction of identity in a Swedish geriatric clinic, the impact of emotions is brought to the fore in the interpretation of power relations among professional groups. The purpose of this article is to find a way to interpret emotions as discursively constructed in organising processes.

 Design/methodology/approach

A sequence of critical events is described where leading positions were negotiated at the clinic. Senior physicians and head nurses are highlighted as opposing forces in a struggle where envious emotions seemed to be a driving force in the political interplay. The empirical material in this article comes from the previous study. It is a set of participant observations and parts of interviews that took place before and after the implementation of a new organisational plan for the clinic.  

Findings

The envious and regressive undertone in the relationships between the actors made them act for egocentric reasons instead of creating new ways of collaborating and learning new leading roles. The power relations of the medical hierarchy were reproduced, which made new ways of relating threatening and difficult to achieve.

Originality/value

The results of the study confirm that people involved and perhaps in conflict with each other have to be able to, or get help to, make sense of their emotional experiences to employ them constructively. Otherwise they fall back into well-known patterns in order to feel secure. A vital part of learning in change processes is the support to individuals and groups in gaining emotional understanding of themselves and others. Leaders and managers who often are initiators of change ought to be aware of the importance of emotional support in change processes. If they are not, they are destined to be a part of the confusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley BD16 1WA, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014
Keywords
emotion, envy, identity, power relations, management, health care hierarchy
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224384 (URN)
Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-05-09 Last updated: 2017-12-05
Michélsen, H., Sebrant, U. & Schulman, A. (2014). Intervention to prevent mental ill health among health care workers. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 4(2), 117-138
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intervention to prevent mental ill health among health care workers
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 117-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Psychological strain in working life is gaining ever more attention. Health care workers are often under extreme emotional stress, which can become so overwhelming that they show signs of mental ill health.

This project aimed to develop a model for sustainable psychological support within a hospital clinic to prevent mental ill health among employees.

Mental strains at work and mental ill health among clinic employees were mapped out, after which interventions for psychological support were designed in collaboration with employees. The interventions were conducted over one year and evaluated. Throughout the process the clinic received continuous feedback. Both questionnaires and interviews were used.

The results of identifying mental strains and conducting interventions showed that employees experienced mental strain at work and perceived a need for support. Intervention evaluations showed that the project provided support, new insights and an increased acceptance for long-term prevention of mental strain. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies supported results.

 

The conclusion was that increased legitimacy for mental strain at work and continuous feedback between clinic management and employees, as well as organisational circumstances are important factors when developing long-term intervention programs with various forms of psychological support.

Keywords
Health care workers, longitudinal research, mental strain, preventive program, psychological support
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Health Care Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224385 (URN)
Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-05-09 Last updated: 2017-12-05
Sebrant, U. (2000). Organiserande och identitet: om arbetsorganisation i geriatrisk vård. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Stockholms universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organiserande och identitet: om arbetsorganisation i geriatrisk vård
2000 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms universitet, 2000. p. 257
Series
Pedagogiska institutionen Stockholms universitet Doktorsavhandling, ISSN 1104-1625 ; 100
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171457 (URN)91-7265-192-X (ISBN)
Public defence
2000-12-08, Nordenskiöldssalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Frescati, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-19 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved
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