MANAGEMENT STYLE IN A CARING PROFESSION: THE CASE OF NURSING

Year: 1991

Author: HOCKLEY, CHARMAINE

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
There appears to be some evidence that nurses cannot maintain values of caring if they strive to become effective leaders and efficient managers. On promotion to administrative roles it seems that many nurses relinquish a sincere concern for caring in favour of a business or corporate style of management. This suggests a philosophical schism between caring and administration. The main purpose of this doctoral study is to develop a theory of management that maintains and celebrates the value of caring. Secondary purposes to this study will be to determine if there are any significant factors arising from pre- and post-employment experiences which contribute to a non-caring management style. I have used the phrase `organisational violenceÕ to indicate the effect of a non-caring style of management. This paper will discuss where it comes from, how it is used, the extent that organisations depend on it, and the nature of the price that individuals pay for it until someone comes along and arrests it. My working definition of organisational violence is the violence that is committed among people within the context of organised work and the workplace.

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