Relegitimizing the medical profession: The role of opinion leaders in maintaining institutions through engaging with change

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Abstract

This paper seeks to address how actors from an elite social position (known herein as ‘opinion leaders’) have engaged with change, which maintains the institution and relegitimizes its role. Situated in the case of the medical profession within the English National Health Service (NHS), this paper aims to explore and explain how individuals have taken the opportunity and advantage of a particular context, time and space in the NHS ‘story’, to practise, act and work to bring about change to medical education. Its key focus considers change affecting the medical profession and medical education, within the case study of the Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership (EEML) project (Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 2010). Medical education plays a key role in forming the medical profession and both can be conceived of as institutions, within a wider institutional field of the NHS. In linking to this sub theme it aims to offer some explanations as to why certain actors have the capacity and freedom to exercise agency within a particular institution or culture and explores the links between actors and institutional outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSub theme 18: Actors and Institutions – Alternative Currents
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
EventEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Conference - Athens
Duration: 1 Jul 20154 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Conference
CityAthens
Period1/07/154/07/15

Keywords

  • institutional change; medical education; medical profession

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