Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies

Articles from Vol. 6, February

Autonomy and Emotion Management: Middle Managers in Welfare Professions during Radical Organizational Change
IntroductionThis study took place in the Norwegian child welfare service during a radical change. Our aim is to advance the knowledge of how middle managers in welfare professions handle and respond to constraints in autonomy during change processes...
Evidence-Based Nursing in the IED: From Caring to Curing?
IntroductionThe article draws on a broad range of ethnographic data and explores how the nurses of a Danish Integrated Emergency Department (IED)1 are affected by and participate in quality and efficiency-leveraging initiatives in the shape of evidence-based...
Getting Sick and Disabled People off Temporary Benefit Receipt: Strategies and Dilemmas in the Welfare State's Frontline
IntroductionIn Norway, nearly 14% of the working-age population receives incapacity benefits because of health impairments (Statistics Norway 2014). By comparison, the country's unemployment rate is 3% (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) 2015)....
Letting Go of Managing? Struggles over Managerial Roles in Collaborative Governance
IntroductionCurrently, collaborative governance practices are emerging in the public sector to involve stakeholders in dealing with complex issues such as welfare policy and service innovation (Ansell & Gash, 2008; Bryson, Crosby & Stone, 2015)....
Material Construction of Care Workers' Identity
IntroductionIn organization and management studies, the materiality of an organization has been taken (more or less) for granted. Recently the physical space where working and managing take place, the bodies of organizational actors, and the artifacts...
Struggles of Professionalism and Emotional Labour in Standardized Mental Health Care
IntroductionWork in the public health sector in Denmark, as well as in other Nordic countries, has in the last 15-20 years undergone radical changes due to ongoing rationalization and market orientation under headings such as New Public Management, Quality...
Welfare Professions in Transition
Welfare professions constitute one of the backbones in the development of the Nordic welfare states. Working in the public sector was for decades associated with high status; public sector employees were trusted employees. Through their work, they had...
What Is a Good Workplace? Tracing the Logics of NPM among Managers and Professionals in Swedish Elderly Care
IntroductionNew public management (NPM) has been pivotal to the Swedish elderly care system for approximately two decades (Kamp and Hvid 2012). NPM, which is characterized by its emphasis on managerialism and marketization, is arguably a necessary response...
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