'Keeping things moving': space and the construction of middle management identity in a post-NPM organization

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dc.contributor.author Ainsworth, S
dc.contributor.author Grant, D
dc.contributor.author Iedema, RA
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:57:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Discourse and Communication, 2009, August 2008, 3 (1), pp. 5 - 25
dc.identifier.issn 1750-4813
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10593
dc.description.abstract Reforms associated with New Public Management (NPM) have led to changes in the management of work and organization that challenge the stability, durability and linearity of the managerial hierarchy in contemporary public sector workplaces. Against this background, this article considers the ways in which two clinician-managers who work in a large metropolitan teaching hospital speak about their organizational roles. Reflecting the complexity of their part of the organization, the emergency department, the interviewees position themselves as operating at the interstice between the competing and contradictory spatial logics of locality and mobility. With their identities strongly anchored in emergency as locality, the clinician-managers intervene in the flows of meanings and resources that affect its processes in ways that require intra- and inter-organizational mobility and which are incommensurate with traditional perceptions of middle managers. In regarding the interviews as `practical authoring' (Shotter and Cunliffe, 2003), we note our own spatial ambiguity as academic researchers interested in organizations other than our own and suggest that our insider-outsider positionings are reflected in the interviews' complex spatialities. We conclude that the interviewees' boundary-spanning and cross-spatial self-positionings are indicative of the hybrid roles that workers under NPM increasingly embody and are in contrast to traditional perceptions of how the provision and management of public service work is carried out.
dc.publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1177/1750481308098762
dc.title 'Keeping things moving': space and the construction of middle management identity in a post-NPM organization
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Discourse and Communication
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 5 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 25 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2001 Communication and Media Studies
dc.personcode 100638
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Communication and Media Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition August 2008 en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords identity ? middle management ? New Public Management ? space en_US
dc.description.keywords identity middle management New Public Management space
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Research in Learning and Change
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Uncategorised (ID: 363)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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