RVS member Stephen Sirris defended his thesis "Managers negotiating identities. Hybridizing professionalism and managerialism in faith-based health organizations and in religious organizations” at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Friday 18 October.
For more on the defense and thesis see https://www.vid.no/arrangementer/disputas-for-stephen-sirris/
The thesis explores how reforms as institutional change have an impact within organizations. When managerial roles are developed, questions of identity are raised and the balance of profession and management is re-constructed. The thesis is based on a multiple, embedded case study in a faith-based hospital and in a diocese within the Church of Norway. It theorizes on how managers negotiate identities in the midst of their everyday work.