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The voice of professionals - lost in evaluation?

Bringselius, Louise LU (2013) In International Journal of Public Administration 36(10). p.723-731
Abstract
Based on the merger of two Swedish university hospitals, this article examines the relationship between professionals and policymakers in public sector reform. Data from a survey to 663 physicians show that only 2 percent of physicians experienced a working dialogue in this relationship. The relationship with the hospital management was considered equally poor. The article seeks to understand why the voice of professionals was ignored. Results indicate that managers and policymakers collaborated—rather than competed—to avoid blame, by consequently ignoring the professionals’ feedback and attempts at whistle-blowing. This blame-avoidance strategy differs from that traditionally described in the agency literature. More studies in this area... (More)
Based on the merger of two Swedish university hospitals, this article examines the relationship between professionals and policymakers in public sector reform. Data from a survey to 663 physicians show that only 2 percent of physicians experienced a working dialogue in this relationship. The relationship with the hospital management was considered equally poor. The article seeks to understand why the voice of professionals was ignored. Results indicate that managers and policymakers collaborated—rather than competed—to avoid blame, by consequently ignoring the professionals’ feedback and attempts at whistle-blowing. This blame-avoidance strategy differs from that traditionally described in the agency literature. More studies in this area are encouraged. (Less)
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professionals, blame-avoidance, public sector reform, implementation
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International Journal of Public Administration
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36
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10
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723 - 731
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Taylor & Francis
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0190-0692
DOI
10.1080/01900692.2013.791316
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English
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  abstract     = {Based on the merger of two Swedish university hospitals, this article examines the relationship between professionals and policymakers in public sector reform. Data from a survey to 663 physicians show that only 2 percent of physicians experienced a working dialogue in this relationship. The relationship with the hospital management was considered equally poor. The article seeks to understand why the voice of professionals was ignored. Results indicate that managers and policymakers collaborated—rather than competed—to avoid blame, by consequently ignoring the professionals’ feedback and attempts at whistle-blowing. This blame-avoidance strategy differs from that traditionally described in the agency literature. More studies in this area are encouraged.},
  author       = {Bringselius, Louise},
  issn         = {0190-0692},
  keyword      = {professionals,blame-avoidance,public sector reform,implementation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {723--731},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Public Administration},
  title        = {The voice of professionals - lost in evaluation?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2013.791316},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2013},
}