Between change and reproduction

Jette Ernst
  • Journal of Organizational Ethnography, October 2017, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/joe-02-2017-0007

Organizational space and change in a hospital department

What is it about?

The article examines the role of organizational space in attempts at practice redesign and innovation that involve a break with the traditional professional boundaries in a recently established Danish hospital department.

Why is it important?

The paper contributes with unique insights into a seldom studied part of hospital organization, which is how organizational space, rather than being a backdrop for organizational life, is constructed and used by the professionals. Space is thus an active component in delimiting professional work as well as the scope of change.


Jette Ernst (Author)
University of Southern Denmark

It was a revealing experience to analyse how organizational space, which is usually an invisible component of day to day organizational life, is important in delimiting what can take place and where. I hope the article will help managers and health professionals working in hospitals to foster a reflexivity on how space and practice is intermingled and what it means for practices in their local hospitals.

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