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Title: Emotions as performance in public sector board governance : the case of NHS Foundation Trusts
Author: Manzoor, Humera
ISNI:       0000 0004 2738 2539
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores emotions within the context of the public sector board governance of two NHS Foundation Trusts. In this study, emotions emerge not as static but dynamic, emergent, and processional. It takes a social constructionist stance as emotions are viewed as 'lived' experiences, which are situated in a dynamic relational context as part of daily practice, and reflected in everyday language. It particularly looks at the way board members give meaning to their emotional experiences and use emotions strategically and tactfully to attain their personal agendas. This alternative view of emotions is framed by conceptualising boardrooms as dynamic social spaces, which pulse with emotions. These emotions are manifested in daily interactions that extend beyond boardrooms. Methodologically, the combination of both the ethnographic and narrative approach demonstrate how emotion emerges in situ as an enacted practice. The combination of various analytical strategies - thematic analysis, thematic analysis of narratives together with performance/dialogic analysis - demonstrates the hidden politics of emotions as they are performed both within and outside board meetings. The findings show that the myth of rationality is sustained as actors persistently try to maintain their distance from emotionality in order to be seen as masculine and, therefore, legitimise their emotions in the negotiation of their image as rational actors. In addition, emotions are manipulated and purposely induced for a collective action and performance to shift blame and manage personal agendas to protect self from accountability and to claim credit.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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