The conditions of professionalism within organizations is changing. Whereas earlier research emphasized the dichotomous nature of professionals and organizations, I examine how professionals actually handle diverse logics in their daily practice. The unit of analysis is the institutional logics manifested in managerial practices within health care, represented by a hospital, and a religious organization, represented by a diocese within the Church of Norway.
The overall research question is: How do middle managers in hospital and in the Church of Norway relate professional and organizational logics in their practice?
The leaders in this study are professional occupying formal managerial positions. Being hybrid professional leaders, they embody managerial and a professional logics. This approach aspires to reveal new insights about the conceptions and practice of leadership.
This ethnographic study took place in 2016 as case studies of three deans within a diocese and three middle managers in a hospital. This fieldwork comprises 58 interviews (360-degree), and 30 days of observation (shadowing) of the managers' workdays. These findings reveal the thesis' contributions: Responding to the call of basing analysis on practices, it demonstrates who hybrid professionals managers in situ enact logics through their mundane work. This gives in-depth knowledge of how leaders act agentic by re-casting the relationality between logics.
Further, is shows how the interplay of logics is experienced on various levels inside the organization. Moreover, this comparative study displays how practices in two professional organizations not only reflect logics, but also are sites of negotiating logics.
Leadership and institutional values-work in practice (LIVAP)