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dc.contributor.authorSolstad, Elsa
dc.contributor.authorPettersen, Inger Johanne
dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Geraldine
dc.identifier.citationFinancial Accountability and Management. 2020, 1-17.en_US
dc.description.abstractManagement at a distance is increasingly employed to organize hospital resources, of which professionally skilled staff is the key component. Mergers often imply distant management. The study examines the internal management aspects for two hospitals in two consecutive mergers, 5 years apart. We focus on how geographical and cognitive distances are experienced by middle managers and their followers. We find that the concept of distance plays significant and different roles in managing units in an organization with distant top management teams. Our findings indicate that hospital professionals’ positive perception of their relationship with top managers, as measured by cognitive distance, can outweigh the possible negative effects of large geographical distances between hospital units and top management teams. Our study also indicates that information systems and communication mechanisms may mitigate the possible perceived negative effects of distance. Our findings imply that politicians, policymakers, and National Health Service’ management should be aware of the effects of distances in implementing new collaborative management arrangements. We recognize that our study is limited in context, time, and scale. We welcome further research on comparative analyses of the complex interplay between physical and cognitive distances in other hospitals and also other types of organizations.en_US
dc.publisherWiley Online Libraryen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleHospitals as professional organizations and the perception of distancesen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalFinancial Accountability and Managementen_US
dc.description.localcodeThis is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. c 2020 The Authors. Financial Accountability & Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltden_US

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