How privatization and corporatization affect healthcare employees’ work climate, work attitudes and ill-health: Implications of social status
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Political liberalization and increased public costs have placed new demands on the Swedish public sector. Two ways of meeting these novel requirements have been to corporatize and privatize organizations. With these two organizational changes, however, comes a risk of increased insecurity and higher demands on employees; the ability to handle these changes is likely dependent on their social status within an organization. The general aim of the thesis is to contribute to the understanding of how corporatization and privatization might affect employees’ work climate, work attitudes and ill-health. Special importance is placed on whether outcomes may differ depending on the employees’ social status in the form of hierarchic level and gender. Questionnaire data from Swedish acute care hospitals were used in three empirical studies. Study I showed that physicians at corporatized and privatized hospitals reported more positive experiences of their work climate compared with physicians at a public administration hospital. Study II showed that privatization had more negative ramifications for a middle hierarchic level (i.e., registered nurses) who reported deterioration of work attitudes, while there were no major consequences for employees at high (physicians) or low (assistant nurses) hierarchic levels. Study III found that although the work situation for women and men physicians were somewhat comparable (i.e., the same occupation, the same organization), all of the differences that remained between the genders were to the detriment of women. The results of this thesis suggest that corporatizations and privatizations do not necessarily imply negative consequence for employees. However, the consequences appear to differ between groups with different social status. Employees whose immediate work situation is affected but who do not have sufficient resources to handle the requirements associated with an organizational change may perceive the most negative consequences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Psychology, Stockholm University , 2010. , 70 p.
Privatization, corporatization, organizational change, ownership, healthcare employees, acute care hospitals, physicians, social status, hierarchic level, gender, work climate, work attitudes, ill-health
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37308ISBN: 978-91-7447-019-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-37308DiVA: diva2:298968
2010-04-12, David Magnussonsalen (U31), Frescati Hagväg 8, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Melin, Bo, Professor
Sverke, Magnus, ProfessorNäswall, Katharina, Docent
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript.2010-03-212010-02-222010-06-15Bibliographically approved
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