Vicars as Managers Revisited: A Comparative Study
2008 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 21, no 1, 91-111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
vicars, school principals, social insurance officers, leadership style, decision-making style, motivation profile
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15665DiVA: diva2:43436