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Institutionalization, subjectivity and structural contradiction: The disciplinary power of TQM
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, The Service and Market Oriented Transport Research Group. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2982-9651
2006 (English)In: Nordic Organization StudiesArticle in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The principal idea in the present paper is that the study of institutionalization can be developed if informed with FoucaultÕs disciplinary power concept. Empirically the paper centers on the institutionalization of TQM, particularly at the County Council of Värmland (CCV), the public health care authority in the region of Värmland, Sweden. At CCV, focus is on two groups; the new management and the old administrators. The analysis displays that the dissimilar discourses and techniques advanced by the groups frame their worldview, which cause a lack of reflexivity amongst managers/administrators. In the remainder it is argued that the paper contributes to the study of institutionalization in two ways. First, it deepens the understanding of contradictions between conflicting social structures and, second, it elaborates on the relationship between the construction of subjectivity and institutionalization.





Key words: Organization studies, Institutionalization, Disciplinary power, TQM, Subjectivity, Social structure

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-20423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-20423DiVA, id: diva2:594083
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