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Hybrid managers, career narratives and identity work: a contextual analysis of UK healthcare organizations

Bresnen, Mike, Hodgson, Damian, Bailey, Simon, Hyde, Paula, Hassard, John (2019) Hybrid managers, career narratives and identity work: a contextual analysis of UK healthcare organizations. Human Relations, 72 (8). pp. 1341-1368. ISSN 0018-7267. E-ISSN 1741-282X. (doi:10.1177/0018726718807280) (KAR id:70075)


While hybrid managers are increasingly important in contemporary organizations (especially in the public sector), we know little about why or how they become hybrid managers, or how this is shaped by the interplay of professional experience and organizational circumstances. In pursuit of a more variegated, contextualised and dynamic understanding of hybrid management, this paper focuses on how individuals transition into managerial hybrids, emphasizing the dynamic and emergent nature of hybrid management identity. Studying managers in English healthcare, we employ the concept of identity work as expressed through career narratives to examine the influence of career trajectories and organizational experiences on emerging hybrid manager identity. The study identifies three broad managerial career narratives – aspirational, ambivalent and agnostic – and relates them to experiences of doctor and nurse hybrid managers in three healthcare settings. An interpretive analysis of these narratives reveals a more variegated, situated and dynamic interpretation of hybrid managerial identities than previously considered and underscores the importance of personal and organizational experiences in shaping emergent hybrid professional/managerial identity.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0018726718807280
Uncontrolled keywords: Hybrid managers; identity work; healthcare; career narratives; management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Bailey
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 11:51 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 14:33 UTC
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