Role-meanings as a critical factor in understanding doctor managers’ identity work and different role identities

Rosalía Cascón-Pereira, Shiona Allison Chillas, Jerry Hallier

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Abstract

This study examines “identity work” among hybrid doctor-managers (DMs) in the Spanish National Health System to make sense of their managerial roles. In particular, the meanings underlying DMs experience of their hybrid role are investigated using a Grounded Theory methodology, exposing distinctions in role-meanings. Our findings provide evidence that using different social sources of comparison (senior managers or clinicians) to construct the meaning of managerial roles leads to different role-meanings and role identities, which are the source of the two established types of DM in the literature, the reluctant and the enthusiast. The contribution is twofold: our findings lead us to theorize DMs’ identity work processes by adding an overlooked role-meaning dimension to identity work; and raise practical reflections for those who wish to develop enthusiast doctor managers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-25
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume170
Early online date3 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Spain
  • Identity work
  • Meanings
  • Clinical directors
  • Role identity
  • Attitudes to managing

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