Restructuring the multi-professional organization: professional identity and adjustment to change in a public hospital

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Callan, Victor J., Gallois, Cynthia, Mayhew, Melissa G., Grice, Tim A., Tluchowska, Malgorzata and Boyce, Rosalie. 2007. "Restructuring the multi-professional organization: professional identity and adjustment to change in a public hospital ." Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 29 (4), pp. 448-477.
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Restructuring the multi-professional organization: professional identity and adjustment to change in a public hospital

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AuthorsCallan, Victor J. (Author), Gallois, Cynthia (Author), Mayhew, Melissa G. (Author), Grice, Tim A. (Author), Tluchowska, Malgorzata (Author) and Boyce, Rosalie (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Health and Human Services Administration
Journal Citation29 (4), pp. 448-477
Number of Pages30
Year2007
Place of PublicationElizabethtown, PA. United States
Web Address (URL)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571468
Abstract

The present study explored the multiple identities held by health professionals in a large public hospital that was experiencing organizational change that involved the transition from the traditional use of professional hierarchies to the use of new clinical teams. Consistent with predictions from social identity theory and research, the results of an organization-wide survey (N = 615) reveal the protective role of identification with professional departments during change that threatened group status. Professional departments were the preferred target of identification of employees, and employees who preferred this target reported a stronger sense of identification. Also consistent with our predictions, employees who were members of higher status groups reported greater job satisfaction, higher levels of openness to organizational change, and reduced levels of change-related uncertainty. These results were more pronounced for employees who identified with their professional department. Implications for managing multiple identities during organizational transition are discussed.

Keywordsattitude of health personnel; hierarchy; hospital restructuring; interprofessional relations; job satisfaction; organizational innovation; patient care team; social identification
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
420306. Health care administration
350711. Organisational planning and management
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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