Mobilizing Identities: the shape and reality of middle and junior managers' working lives

J. Harvey, E. Annandale*, J. Loan-Clarke, O. Suhomlinova, N. Teasdale

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The aims and objectives of the study are as follows:

1. To chart the work of Middle and Junior Healthcare Managers; including identity work and to produce an ethnography of the lived experience of middle and junior management within the distinctive organisational context of healthcare and specifically the NHS.

2. To explore the identities (goals, values, motivations, beliefs and interaction styles) of Middle and Junior Healthcare managers and how these are constructed, and further, how the performance of their roles is shaped by these identities.

3. To capture how Middle and Junior Healthcare Managers leverage their identities to create success, establish trust and broker alliances to exert influence in different and various spheres and to determine how they interpret and take forward their ‘project’ to achieve organisational, group and personal goals within the framework of the NHS.

4. To determine the influence of managerial identities on organisational processes and outcomes. The study will consider multiple organisational outcomes, suggested in previous research on identity in organisations, such as: socialisation, role conflict, inter-group relations (Ashforth and Mael, 1989), social cohesion and adherence to (or deviation from) organisational norms, and leadership effectiveness (Hogg and Terry, 2000).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Services and Delivery Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2014


  • health services
  • middle management
  • junior management
  • working lives
  • identities at work

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