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  • 1.
    Kihlberg, Robert
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Vägen mot en ny Polismyndighet - Strategers betydelse vid organisationsförändring2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today, the largest public organization in Sweden goes through a major reform. This study highlights the Swedish Police change from several independent organizations towards one common authority, and a group of strategists working intensely with the change during 2014. The study uses a qualitative method and the empirical material consists of interviews. The survey begins with a qualitative content analysis and is followed by analysis with focus on strategy.

     

    The study results yielded following conclusions:

    • Strategy specialists and middle managers are important, and perhaps necessary, sense makers of strategic change, but also the Achilles heel in cases where they are absent
    • Project methodology, project governance and communication strategies can generate favorable conditions for implementing strategic change. Use of the methods should be preceded by the analysis of organizational culture and habit of leading and working in temporary project organizations
    • The Swedish Police deliberate strategy development process 2013-2014 promoted the implementation of strategic change within and across organizational levels
    • Public Organizations with complex organizational environment requires effective communication planning because the issues otherwise tend stuck on an organizational level and hinder the change process
  • 2.
    Rantatalo, Oscar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
    Lindberg, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Kihlberg, Robert
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    Hällgren, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access2018In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ISSN 1609-4069, E-ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study provides an autoethnographic account of the efforts to gain field access to a police organization, spanning more than 2 years. The aim is to describe a case of gaining access in relation to the professional norms of science put forward by Robert K. Merton. Aided by an organized record of notes, e-mails, and other written communications regarding access (144 memos of various types), the study describes and discusses the negotiations with Mertonian norms that followed from the dissonance between ideals of research and practical reality. Opening up for further scholarly discussion, this article concludes that Merton’s norms are incongruent with both prevailing guidelines of research ethics and with the practical, short-term problems of access negotiations and research bargains.

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