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Control dimensions, job demands and job satisfaction: does ownership matter?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, E-ISSN 1753-836X, Vol. 11, no 5, p. 305-318Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - New ownership types in health care of welfare states raise concerns regarding psychosocial work conditions including different control dimensions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how job demands, control over work and control within work (CWW) were related to job satisfaction in publicly administered, private non-profit and private for-profit hospitals. Design/methodology/approach - Questionnaire data came from employees at three hospitals; a publicly administered (n = 774), a private non-profit (n = 1,481) and a private for-profit (n = 694) hospital. Mean-level analyses and hierarchical regressions with multiple group tests were conducted. Findings - Demands including workload were significantly lower at the publicly administered hospital while the control dimension CWW was significantly higher. Background factors and their associations with job satisfaction differed slightly between ownership types. Attitudes to privatization were not associated with job satisfaction within any ownership type. Overall, psychosocial work characteristics, including job demands and control, were significantly associated with job satisfaction while their interactions showed no consistent associations with job satisfaction. As for the strength of the associations, no consistent differences emerged between ownership types. Research limitations/implications - Using self-reports only, the associations between psychosocial work characteristics and job satisfaction seemed comparable across ownership types. Practical implications - Associations between psychosocial work characteristics and job satisfaction seem comparable across ownership types. This may relate to societal demands on the structuring of costs, work and production efficiency being similar for all. Originality/value: Contributions include researching different occupations and their attitudes to privatization and two control dimensions considered important for different ownership types.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 5, p. 305-318
Keywords [en]
workplace health, role conflict, job satisfaction, psychological research
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162069DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-10-2017-0079ISI: 000447008600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162069DiVA, id: diva2:1266264
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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