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dc.contributor.authorMarshall, MN
dc.contributor.authorMannion, R
dc.contributor.authorNelson, E
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Huw Talfryn Oakley
dc.identifier.citationMarshall , MN , Mannion , R , Nelson , E & Davies , H T O 2003 , ' Managing change in the culture of general practice : qualitative case studies in primary care trusts ' , British Medical Journal , vol. 327 , pp. 599-602 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 258572
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dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000185358700025
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 0141724834
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2653-3695/work/57821508
dc.description.abstractObjectives To explore the potential tension between the need for managers to produce measurable change and the skills required to produce cultural change, and to investigate how managers of primary care trusts are attempting to deal with this tension. Design Qualitative case studies using data derived from semistructured interviews and a review of published documents. An established cultural framework was to used to help interpret the findings. Setting Six primary care trusts in England purposefully sampled to represent a range of cultural, structural, geographical, and demographic characteristics. Participants 42 interviews with 39 different senior and middle primary care trust managers conducted over an 18 month period. Results We found two distinct and polarised styles of management. One group of managers adopts a directive style and challenges the prevailing norms and values of clinicians, an approach characteristically seen in organisations with hierarchical cultures. This group is made up mostly of senior managers who are driven principally by the imperative to deliver a political agenda. Managers in the second group are more inclined to work with the prevailing cultures found in general practice, attempting to facilitate change from within rather than forcing change from outside. This management style is characteristically seen in organisations with a clan-type culture. The approach was manifest mostly by middle managers, who seem to act as buffers between the demands of senior managers and their own perception of the ability and willingness of health professionals to cope with change. The different management approaches can lead to tension and dysfunction between tiers of management. Conclusions The development of primary care depends on high quality managers who are able to draw on a range of different management skills and styles. Managers ate most likely to be effective if they appreciate the merits and drawbacks of their different styles and arc willing to work in partnership.
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dc.rights© 2003 Marshall et al. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly citeden
dc.subjectClinical governanceen
dc.subjectR Medicine (General)en
dc.titleManaging change in the culture of general practice : qualitative case studies in primary care trustsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Managementen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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