Identity and relationship frames in medical leadership communication
Mikkola, L., & Parviainen, H. (2020). Identity and relationship frames in medical leadership communication. Leadership in Health Services, 33(4), 429-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/lhs-05-2020-0028
Published inLeadership in Health Services
© Emerald Publishing Limited, 2020
Purpose – A frame is an interpretive scheme of meanings that guide participants’ interpretations of social interaction and their actions in social situations (Goffman, 1974). By identifying early-career physicians’ identity and relationship frames, this study aims to produce information about socially constructed ways to interpret leadership communication in a medical context. Design/methodology/approach – The data consist of essays written by young physicians (n = 225) during their specialization training and workplace learning period. The analysis was conducted applying constructive grounded theory. Findings – Three identity and relationship frames were identified: the expertise frame, the collegial frame and the system frame. These frames arranged the meanings of being a physician in a leader-follower relationship differently. Originality/value – The findings suggest that identity questions discussed recently in medical leadership studies can be partly answered with being aware of and understanding socially constructed and somewhat contradictory frames. ...