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Delat ledarskap : En kvalitativ studie om enhetschefers upplevelse av det delade ledarskapet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Shared leadership : A qualitative study of managers experience of shared leadership (English)
Abstract [en]

Shared leadership means that managers share responsibility and power in a unit. It means that two or more managers work together as leaders of a business to increase competence and efficiency in their work. The purpose of this study is to by qualitative interviews and hermeneutic tradition of research explore how unit managers in geriatric care experience this shared leadership. I have focused on two main questions:

  • How do the managers think that shared leadership affect their discretion?
  • How do the managers think that shared leadership affects the care recipients?

The study shows that the experience of shared leadership depends on how the collaboration between the managers work. When the unit managers collaborate over the fields of responsibilities the feeling of freedom to act increase. When the boundaries between the responsibilities were clearly defined managers could focus more on their own field. Unit managers perceive that shared leadership provides positive consequences for the care recipient. They are, according to the unit managers, not aware of how the leadership in the organization works. However, it turns out that shared leadership according to center managers can increase the potential for better contact and availability. A negative impact of shared leadership towards the care recipient is that a division of responsibilities between the managers could mean that the overall impression of the business may deteriorate. Reduced cooperation between the managers could lead to less discretion because of the limit of transparency in their work. Another negative consequence could also be that the staff of the unit can experience shared leadership as confusing and this may in turn also affect the care taker.

The study shows that managers experience mainly positive consequences working with shared leadership. The discretion is influenced by how the shared leadership is structured. The main influence on the sense of freedom of action depends on the cooperation between the two unit heads together and how they work across borders. Close cooperation across borders can be experienced as a whole responsibility instead of area responsibility and then increases the feeling of discretion. When clear boundaries between the responsibilities proved to unit managers to focus more on their field and thus at increased Head of Unit sense of discretion Managers perceive that shared leadership provides care recipient positive consequences. Care recipient shall be in accordance with managers are not aware of leadership in business and not in direct contact with shared leadership, but it appears that shared leadership according to managers can increase the potential for better contact and availability. What managers described as direct negative impact of shared leadership towards the care recipient is a division of responsibilities between the heads may mean that the overall impression of the business may be impaired and that staff may experience shared leadership as confusing and that in turn affect the care recipient.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Shared leadership, discretion, geriatric care, care recipient, manager
Keyword [sv]
Delat ledarskap, omsorgstagare, enhetschef, handlingsutrymme, äldreomsorg.
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-39482DiVA: diva2:783938
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
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Available from: 2015-01-28 Created: 2015-01-27 Last updated: 2015-01-28Bibliographically approved

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