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"Om Nisse får 100 kronor eller 150, sådant brinner jag inte riktigt för" : En kvalitativ studie om engagemang och motivation hos socialsekreterare inom ekonomiskt bistånd

Svensson, Lina LU and Bäckman, Ebba LU (2018) SOPA63 20181
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate what engages social workers working with social assistance and how this commitment is expressed in their everyday work. Furthermore, the focus of the study was to investigate whether conflict arises when commitment is practised in the context of organizational conditions and political structures in society. Our target group consisted of five social workers who work with social assistance at various social services centres in Skåne. Their experiences of commitment and issues of conflict were told and collected through semi-structured interviews. We identified four themes: what the core of their commitment is, how the client's resistance is a motivational factor, what impact organizational factors... (More)
The aim of this study was to investigate what engages social workers working with social assistance and how this commitment is expressed in their everyday work. Furthermore, the focus of the study was to investigate whether conflict arises when commitment is practised in the context of organizational conditions and political structures in society. Our target group consisted of five social workers who work with social assistance at various social services centres in Skåne. Their experiences of commitment and issues of conflict were told and collected through semi-structured interviews. We identified four themes: what the core of their commitment is, how the client's resistance is a motivational factor, what impact organizational factors have and how political structures limits the commitment. The analysis was based on Bank's studies on professional integrity as well as personal engagement and professional accountability. The most central sources of commitment found were commitment to the client, commitment to social change and commitment to work with social assistance. Common to all social workers was that clients who showed resistance spurred commitment. Another conclusion was that conflict arose when the social workers’ personal commitment was limited by political structures, whilst external and organizational factors both seemed to promote and interfere with their personal commitment. Through Banks studies we also raised the conflict between personal commitment and the new professional accountability that has emerged as a result of the rise of a neo-liberal paradigm in society. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Lina LU and Bäckman, Ebba LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20181
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
commitment, motivation, conflict, organization, social work
language
Swedish
id
8947089
date added to LUP
2018-06-11 09:29:24
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to investigate what engages social workers working with social assistance and how this commitment is expressed in their everyday work. Furthermore, the focus of the study was to investigate whether conflict arises when commitment is practised in the context of organizational conditions and political structures in society. Our target group consisted of five social workers who work with social assistance at various social services centres in Skåne. Their experiences of commitment and issues of conflict were told and collected through semi-structured interviews. We identified four themes: what the core of their commitment is, how the client's resistance is a motivational factor, what impact organizational factors have and how political structures limits the commitment. The analysis was based on Bank's studies on professional integrity as well as personal engagement and professional accountability. The most central sources of commitment found were commitment to the client, commitment to social change and commitment to work with social assistance. Common to all social workers was that clients who showed resistance spurred commitment. Another conclusion was that conflict arose when the social workers’ personal commitment was limited by political structures, whilst external and organizational factors both seemed to promote and interfere with their personal commitment. Through Banks studies we also raised the conflict between personal commitment and the new professional accountability that has emerged as a result of the rise of a neo-liberal paradigm in society.},
  author       = {Svensson, Lina and Bäckman, Ebba},
  keyword      = {commitment,motivation,conflict,organization,social work},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Om Nisse får 100 kronor eller 150, sådant brinner jag inte riktigt för" : En kvalitativ studie om engagemang och motivation hos socialsekreterare inom ekonomiskt bistånd},
  year         = {2018},
}