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Aid or Nuisance? Swedish Police Officers' Perceptions of Volunteer Activities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Studies on volunteerism have traditionally focused on the perspective of volunteers in a health sector context. This study aims to contribute to the existing volunteerism literature by exploring paid staff’s perceptions of volunteers. As organizational context is thought to affect staff perceptions, it is deemed important to study a wide range of sectors. In this qualitative study, eight police officers were interviewed. Thematic analysis of interview data showed that perceptions of volunteers and their activities are not shaped in isolation from perceptions of occupational role, implementation process, and organizational culture. To improve police officers’ perceptions of volunteers requires a cultivation of a more change ready organizational culture.

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2010. , 24 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40485OAI: diva2:324146
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-15 Created: 2010-06-14 Last updated: 2010-06-15Bibliographically approved

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