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Going beyond "two-getherness": Nurse managers' experiences of working together in a leadership model where more than two share the same chair
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Objective: To explore nurse manager experiences of working in leadership constellations where more than two managers share leadership, and to compare this multilateral sharing form to what is known about experiences of working in joint leadership in pairs.

Design and setting: A qualitative design based on semi-structured interviews with nurse managers in two multilaterally shared leadership constellations at two intensive care units at an emergency hospital in Sweden. Data were analysed using a thematic and comparative approach.

Findings: The comparative analysis identified four aspects that differ decisively from the positive picture in the literature on joint pair leadership: the perception of mandate with reduced decision-making power and reduced access to forums, the way of working with a strict division of tasks and a rotating schedule, a need to cope with the increasing number of internal relations and a feeling of doubt concerning trust.

Conclusion: Shared leadership between nurse managers has gone from being a tight collaboration based on a feeling of “two-getherness”, to being an organisational solution multilateral in character. In this transformation, a weakening of leadership qualities has occurred. Further research is necessary on how this new organisational solution impacts the nurse managers, their staff and the care provided in healthcare organisations generally.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
constellation, health care organisation, intensive care, joint pair leadership, multilaterally shared leadership, nurse manager, Sweden, thematic analysis
Keyword [sv]
delat ledarskap, flerdelat, chefsjuksköterska, sjukvård, chef, intensivvård, organisation
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143368DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.04.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143368DiVA: diva2:1098928
Available from: 2017-05-28 Created: 2017-05-28 Last updated: 2017-11-06

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