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Vicars as Managers Revisited: A Comparative Study
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2156-680X
2008 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 91-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The possibilities for Church of Sweden vicars to manage their parishes in change were explored in 2000. The results indicated that vicars had a low capacity for initiating and implementing organizational change. The aim of this investigation is to assess whether vicars have a managerial style that differ from other groups of civil servants. Using tested instruments, 240 Swedish vicars (response rate 64%), 300 school principals (66%) and 64 social insurance officers (95%) were asked about their leadership style, decision-making style, motivation profile and perceived operational demands. The vicars stand out as a special group of managers with a strong relationship-orientation. Headmasters and social officers are similar to each other in behaviour. The results are explained by that pastoral work is founded on relations, the pastoral training of the vicars and the «weight of history». A contributory cause may be that many priests are perceived as having a «helping approach» to leadership.

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Universitetsforlaget, 2008. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 91-111
Keywords [en]
vicars, school principals, social insurance officers, leadership style, decision-making style, motivation profile
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71631DiVA, id: diva2:1280912
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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