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NHS trust chief executives as heroes ?

Learmonth, M. (2001) 'NHS trust chief executives as heroes ?', Health care analysis., 9 (4). pp. 417-436.


This paper presents a reading of the transcripts of interviews withNHS Trust Chief Executives. Using a poststructuralist understanding ofthe interviews, it privileges a reading that (ironically) represents these Chief Executives as heroes. Following the classic hero story line,they leave the civilized order of home and journey into a threatening wilderness where they encounter dangerous and magical things butovercome them all because of their masculine characteristics such asrationality, strength and resourcefulness. One way in which thesestories can be understood to have significance is that they(misleadingly but powerfully) portray management as obvious and necessary by evocatively drawing on a myth of ancient origin. The piece concludes with some reflections on the ontological implications of theanalysis and reflexive comments on the production of truth as a problem.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Hero, Management, Myth, NHS, Poststructuralism, Qualitative research.
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Date of first online publication:December 2001
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