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”Vi får ett fast utrymme och får göra det bästa av det” - En kvalitativ studie av hur budgetansvariga mellanchefer upplever att ekonomistyrning och budgetfrågor påverkar socialtjänstens arbete.

Arheden, Niclas LU (2012) SOPA63 20121
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how a budget-led practice affects middle managers with budget responsibility in the Swedish public social services to do their jobs. Based on five interviews, using middle managers in five different social fields, the main results show that the financial aspect in the public social services becomes an issue in the middle mangers work-tasks. Three main tasks were identified consisting issues related to staff, budget and operational development. But the economic situation is showing that it’s not possible to handle the high pressure of social cases and at the same time develop the organization as the managers would like. A dilemma appears to be the contradictions in providing adequate support from the... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how a budget-led practice affects middle managers with budget responsibility in the Swedish public social services to do their jobs. Based on five interviews, using middle managers in five different social fields, the main results show that the financial aspect in the public social services becomes an issue in the middle mangers work-tasks. Three main tasks were identified consisting issues related to staff, budget and operational development. But the economic situation is showing that it’s not possible to handle the high pressure of social cases and at the same time develop the organization as the managers would like. A dilemma appears to be the contradictions in providing adequate support from the social services when the tight budget creates limitations in which type of social service s can be offered. From an organizational legitimacy perspective , this can be described as a problem where the conflict seems to be between profession and organizational professionalism. (Less)
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author
Arheden, Niclas LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
middle manager, profession, professionalism, organization, budget, institutional theory, social services
language
Swedish
id
3049358
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2012-09-06 11:43:14
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how a budget-led practice affects middle managers with budget responsibility in the Swedish public social services to do their jobs. Based on five interviews, using middle managers in five different social fields, the main results show that the financial aspect in the public social services becomes an issue in the middle mangers work-tasks. Three main tasks were identified consisting issues related to staff, budget and operational development. But the economic situation is showing that it’s not possible to handle the high pressure of social cases and at the same time develop the organization as the managers would like. A dilemma appears to be the contradictions in providing adequate support from the social services when the tight budget creates limitations in which type of social service s can be offered. From an organizational legitimacy perspective , this can be described as a problem where the conflict seems to be between profession and organizational professionalism.},
  author       = {Arheden, Niclas},
  keyword      = {middle manager,profession,professionalism,organization,budget,institutional theory,social services},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Vi får ett fast utrymme och får göra det bästa av det” - En kvalitativ studie av hur budgetansvariga mellanchefer upplever att ekonomistyrning och budgetfrågor påverkar socialtjänstens arbete.},
  year         = {2012},
}