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Title: Instilling and distilling a reputation for institutional excellence : a critical reflection on organising practice
Author: Beil-Hildebrand, Margitta B.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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In this ethnographic investigation of a general hospital, I critically analyse a much lauded corporate culture. Rather than accepting the managerial and academic claims concerning the mobilisation of corporate culture at face value, in this study I build upon a labour process analysis and take a close look at how it actually seems to work. By means of a six month field study of day-to-day life in the hospital's nursing division I explore and describe how executive managers seek to design and impose corporate culture change and how it affects the nursing employees of this organisation. The results lend little support to the official claims that if managerial objectives are realised, they are achieved through some combination of shared values and employee participation. The evidence lends more support to the critical view in labour process writing that modern cultural strategies lead to increased corporate control, greater employee subjection and extensive effort intensification. The contradiction this brings into the working lives of the employees leads to the conclusion that the rhetoric of corporate culture change does not affect the pre-existing attitudes and value orientations of nursing employees. However, there were considerable variations in how employees received the managerial message and thus affecting, but their degree of misbehaviour and adaptation, the organisation itself as well as using the cultural rhetoric against the management for their own ends.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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