Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager

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Abstract

Harsh conditions for executing management can be a sensible interpretation of the daily managerial work for many public sector managers. This is an argument we, based on teaching and research, rely on from talking with a considerable number of managers in Danish municipalities, regions, state, universities and hospitals.
The paper is based on four personal, micro-level stories told by managers in hospitals. The stories revolve around how they in their daily working ´inner life´ try to understand, cope with, and develop new ways to improve their work under what they in general see as increasingly harsh conditions created by a stream of structural changes and budget cuts.
It is about how managers handle daily tasks and experiment with ways to match the ongoing or-ganizational and structural changes in hospitals, and how this inspires the way they experience the actual conditions as managers and the organizational and institutional framework they work within.
The theoretical inspiration is drawn from research on management: Mintzberg and Pettigrew, from strategy-in-practice: Chia and Holt, and from relational leadership: Cunliffe, Hosking, Shotter, and Gergen. The purpose of the paper is to create micro and practice-based pictures of ´the inner life´ of public management of today, and how middle managers in Danish public hospitals handle structural change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Entrepreneurship : 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business
EditorsYaakow Weber, Evangelos Tsoukatos, Demetris Vrontis
Number of pages14
Volume1
Place of PublicationNicosia
PublisherEuroMed Press
Publication date15 Sep 2014
Edition1
Pages852-866
ISBN (Print)978-9963-711-27-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014
Event7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business: The Future of Entrepreneurship - Kristiansand, Norway
Duration: 18 Sep 201419 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business
CountryNorway
CityKristiansand
Period18/09/201419/09/2014

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Wayfinding
Managers
Public sector
Structural change
Institutional framework
Public management
Relational leadership
Managerial work
Municipalities
Public hospitals
Middle managers
Experiment

Keywords

  • hospital management, practice based, every day practice, the ´inner life´ of middle management, handling ongoing change, entrepreneurial actions.

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Rasmussen, J. G., & Larsen, M. V. (2014). Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager. In Y. Weber, E. Tsoukatos, & D. V. (Eds.), The Future of Entrepreneurship: 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 852-866). Nicosia: EuroMed Press.
Rasmussen, Jørgen Gulddahl ; Larsen, Mette Vinther. / Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager. The Future of Entrepreneurship: 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business. editor / Yaakow Weber ; Evangelos Tsoukatos ; Demetris Vrontis. Vol. 1 1. ed. Nicosia : EuroMed Press, 2014. pp. 852-866
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Rasmussen, JG & Larsen, MV 2014, Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager. in Y Weber, E Tsoukatos & DV (eds), The Future of Entrepreneurship: 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business. 1 edn, vol. 1, EuroMed Press, Nicosia, pp. 852-866, 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business, Kristiansand, Norway, 18/09/2014.

Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager. / Rasmussen, Jørgen Gulddahl; Larsen, Mette Vinther.

The Future of Entrepreneurship: 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business. ed. / Yaakow Weber; Evangelos Tsoukatos; Demetris Vrontis. Vol. 1 1. ed. Nicosia : EuroMed Press, 2014. p. 852-866.

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Rasmussen JG, Larsen MV. Living under harsh conditions - finding your way as a public sector manager. In Weber Y, Tsoukatos E, DV, editors, The Future of Entrepreneurship: 7th Annual Confernce of the EuroMed Academy of Business. 1 ed. Vol. 1. Nicosia: EuroMed Press. 2014. p. 852-866