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Leaderless Management as the Solution to Struggles Over the Moral Center of Healthcare? Ward Nurses’ Critique of Management as “Real Utopias” in the Public Sector
Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6962-5602
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4225-8590
2022 (English)In: Debating Leaderless Management: Can Employees Do Without Leaders? / [ed] Frederik Hertel; Anders Örtenblad; Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, p. 77-95Chapter in book (Refereed)
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Through a historization of the Swedish public sector together with vignettes grounded in interviews, this paper questions managerialism in the public sector. The chapter argues for leaderless management as a shift of attention from managerialism toward worker control. The chapter explores what nurses identify as central areas of conflict shaping their work, and what forms of change they view as necessary to create a more sustainable work situation, for themselves and the patients. Workers—not managers—within the public sector are key knowledge bearers in confronting the crisis of care. Inspired by Nancy Fraser’s idea of a care crisis, as well as Erik Olin Wright’s discussion on real utopia, the chapter analyzes how public sector workers frame their work-life. We use this to frame a vision of leaderless management. Specifically, we draw out three arguments for leaderless management of (1) time, (2) caring, and (3) resources. 

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. p. 77-95
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Palgrave Debates in Business and Management, ISSN 2524-5082, E-ISSN 2524-5090
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Other Social Sciences
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Arbete och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59078DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-04593-6_5ISBN: 978-3-031-04592-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-04593-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-59078DiVA, id: diva2:1748221
Available from: 2023-04-02 Created: 2023-04-02 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved

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