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The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care

McGivern, G; Dopson, S; Ferlie, E; Fischer, M; Fitzgerald, L; Ledger, J; Bennett, C; (2018) The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care. Organization Studies , 39 (8) pp. 1007-1030. 10.1177/0170840617708004. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we discuss temporal work and temporal politics situated between groups with different temporal orientations, arguing that attention needs to be paid to covert and unarticulated silent politics of temporal work. Drawing on a case study of a management consultancy project to redesign public health care, we explain how unarticulated temporal interests and orientations shape the construction of problems, which, in turn, legitimate tasks and time frames. We also show how task and time frames are temporarily fixed and imposed through boundary objects, and the way these may then be reinterpreted and co-opted to deflect pressure to change. Thus, we argue, unarticulated, covert and political temporal interdynamics produce expedient provisional temporal settlements, which resolve conflict in the short-term, while perpetuating it in the longer run.

Type: Article
Title: The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0170840617708004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840617708004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Temporal work, temporal politics, time, boundary objects, consulting, projects, project-based and temporary organization, health care.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569295
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