Professional Autonomy or Organizational Control in Collaboration Management
The paper inquires the ties between organisation and profession in relation to collaboration management. It includes analysis from an ongoing research project concerning inter-organizational collaboration between municipal and national-governed authorities in Sweden. It is a comparative case study brought out in three municipalities, including the perspective of professionals and managers as well as clients. A central question is how these changes in public management affect professionals in their daily work. What happens when they, on top of having to take managers and clients into account, have to work together with professionals in other organizations? And what are the long-term consequences, will we see a new form of professionalism based on the skill to negotiate between the mentioned actors? The papers also set focus on asymmetry of power between organizations as well as professionals. What are the possibilities to collaborate with stakeholders, be it organization or profession, who lacks interest or incentive to find reasonable solutions to the challenges facing the modern welfare state?