Eroding 'respectability': deprofessionalization through organizational spaces

Siebert, S. , Bushfield, S., Martin, G. and Howieson, B. (2018) Eroding 'respectability': deprofessionalization through organizational spaces. Work, Employment and Society, 32(2), pp. 330-347. (doi: 10.1177/0950017017726948)

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This article addresses the question –can a deterioration in organizational spaces erode a profession’s status? It draws on organizational spaces literature to analyse the relationship between design of the physical work setting and senior doctors’ experiences of deprofessionalization. Analysis of qualitative data from a study of senior hospital doctors identifies two main themes that link the experience of spaces with perceptions of the erosion of professional status and reduced knowledge sharing. These two themes are: emplacement, which is the application of coercive power both in and through spatial arrangements, and isolation, which refers to physical alienation in the workplace leading to disconnection and a perceived loss of power. Observing the changes in the physical environment over time and mapping them against these processes of deprofessionalization offers interesting new insights into the sociology of professions.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The study was funded by the British Medical Association Scottish Consultants Committee.
Keywords:deprofessionalization, doctors, healthcare management, organizational spaces, professions.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bushfield, Miss Stacey and Siebert, Professor Sabina
Authors: Siebert, S., Bushfield, S., Martin, G., and Howieson, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Work, Employment and Society
ISSN (Online):1469-8722
Published Online:10 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Work, Employment and Society 32(2): 330-347
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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