Looking into the box: Swedish social care managers make meaning of their work and role

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on a participative project where Swedish social care managers explored their work and their managerial role by means of repertory grid interviews and collegial reflection. The qualitative, phenomenological data analysis provides a multifaceted picture of what it means to be a social care manager, seen from the managers’ perspective. The results indicate that managers in this and other welfare organisations need to construe and re-construe their managerial role in order to balance the contrasting demands on their role, thereby accomplishing a personal equilibrium. The managers’ meaning-making process can be supported by constructivist techniques such as those used in this project.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-49
    Number of pages11
    JournalPersonal Construct Theory & Practice
    Volume8
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Psychology (501)

    Keywords

    • Social care
    • managerial roles
    • participative research.
    • personal construct psychology
    • phenomenological analysis
    • repertory grid interview

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