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Vicars as Managers Revisited: A Comparative Study
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2008 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 21, no 1, 91-111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The possibilities for Church of Sweden vicars to manage their parishes in change were explored

in 2000. The results indicated that vicars had a low capacity for initiating and implementing organizational

change. The aim of this investigation is to assess whether vicars have a managerial

style that differ from other groups of civil servants. Using tested instruments, 240 Swedish vicars

(response rate 64%), 300 school principals (66%) and 64 social insurance officers (95%) were

asked about their leadership style, decision-making style, motivation profile and perceived operational

demands. The vicars stand out as a special group of managers with a strong relationshiporientation.

Headmasters and social officers are similar to each other in behaviour. The results are

explained by that pastoral work is founded on relations, the pastoral training of the vicars and the

«weight of history». A contributory cause may be that many priests are perceived as having a

«helping approach» to leadership.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 21, no 1, 91-111 p.
Keyword [en]
vicars, school principals, social insurance officers, leadership style, decision-making style, motivation profile
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15665DiVA: diva2:43436
Available from: 2008-04-23 Created: 2008-04-23 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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