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Idealist eller realist? En kvalitativ studie om ledarskap och handlingsutrymme inom socialt arbete.

Ahlman Ståhl, Karl LU (2016) SOPA63 20152
School of Social Work
Abstract
This study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with five social work managers,
working within the public functional disabilities sector, in three different municipalities. The
aim of the study is to examine and analyze how these managers experience the discretion in
the context wherein they operate, and how it influences their role as frontline managers within
social work. The theories applied in this study are; role theory and discretion theory. The
result of the study shows that the managers experience that the organizational restrictions
effects their possibilities to take on a more leadership based role leading to a more
administrative style of work. Even though these restrictions affects the role as a social work... (More)
This study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with five social work managers,
working within the public functional disabilities sector, in three different municipalities. The
aim of the study is to examine and analyze how these managers experience the discretion in
the context wherein they operate, and how it influences their role as frontline managers within
social work. The theories applied in this study are; role theory and discretion theory. The
result of the study shows that the managers experience that the organizational restrictions
effects their possibilities to take on a more leadership based role leading to a more
administrative style of work. Even though these restrictions affects the role as a social work
manager the results of this study shows that it doesn’t affect the way these managers view
their role and purpose within the organization. They feel it’s within their responsibility to not
only work towards the units in their care, but also to help develop and progress their
organization at large. This viewpoint is further backed up by the feedback they receive from
the organization in form of workload relief by appointing coordinators in the workgroups and
assistant managers to relieve the administrative workload on the managers. This in turn helps
preventing eventual role-conflict and illustrates the importance of leadership in the role as a
manager in the public functional disabilities sector. (Less)
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author
Ahlman Ståhl, Karl LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20152
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
LSS, public leadership, frontline managers, role theory, discretion, Key Words: Social work manager
language
Swedish
id
8566683
date added to LUP
2016-01-28 11:35:27
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2016-01-28 11:35:27
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  abstract     = {This study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with five social work managers,
working within the public functional disabilities sector, in three different municipalities. The
aim of the study is to examine and analyze how these managers experience the discretion in
the context wherein they operate, and how it influences their role as frontline managers within
social work. The theories applied in this study are; role theory and discretion theory. The
result of the study shows that the managers experience that the organizational restrictions
effects their possibilities to take on a more leadership based role leading to a more
administrative style of work. Even though these restrictions affects the role as a social work
manager the results of this study shows that it doesn’t affect the way these managers view
their role and purpose within the organization. They feel it’s within their responsibility to not
only work towards the units in their care, but also to help develop and progress their
organization at large. This viewpoint is further backed up by the feedback they receive from
the organization in form of workload relief by appointing coordinators in the workgroups and
assistant managers to relieve the administrative workload on the managers. This in turn helps
preventing eventual role-conflict and illustrates the importance of leadership in the role as a
manager in the public functional disabilities sector.},
  author       = {Ahlman Ståhl, Karl},
  keyword      = {LSS,public leadership,frontline managers,role theory,discretion,Key Words: Social work manager},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Idealist eller realist? En kvalitativ studie om ledarskap och handlingsutrymme inom socialt arbete.},
  year         = {2016},
}