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Prof Gianluca Veronesi
University of Bristol
Professor in Healthcare management
on topic “Professional Re-Stratification and the (Defensive) Adaptation of Status Hierarchy: Medical Management in English Public Hospitals
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There has been growing interest in the emergence of hybrid professional-management roles in areas such as healthcare, education, accounting and law, and their impact on professional identities and practices. However, we still know little about how far this process has been associated with fundamental changes in the status hierarchies of professions. Is entry to professional-manager roles (the administrative elite) determined by traditional norms of status favoured by the professions or by alternative criteria emphasising management competency and authority? We investigate this question focusing on senior medical management roles in English public hospitals. Drawing on a mix of data sources and applying fsQCA, we highlight both change and continuity in the prevailing status hierarchy. While professional status criteria remain dominant, in those hospitals that are more autonomous (through corporatisation), these have been combined with alternative management criteria for seniority. We suggest that the development of professional-manager roles is linked to the adaptation of status hierarchies, although this appears to be largely defensive and is more likely to strengthen the existing status order than undermine it.
Gianluca is a Professor in Healthcare Management at the University of Bristol since September 2017. Before joining UoB, he was a member of Leeds University Business School for ten years. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and, prior to that, he successfully completed a First Class Honours Degree in Law and Economics at the University of Trento (Italy) and a Master in Business Administration with Distinction at Leeds University Business School.
His research interests are predominantly in the governance and management of healthcare organisations. Specifically, he has investigated the role and effectiveness of hospitals governing boards, changes in the management structures and functions of healthcare organisations and their effects on the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare provision, the impact of clinical leadership on hospital performance, and antecedents and implications of human capital for performance outcomes. Current projects include investigating the role of the medical profession in health reforms, antecedents and consequences of medical engagement and the impact of consulting advice usage on organisational performance.
His research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Northern Leadership Academy (NLA), the Centre for Innovation in Health and Management (CIHM) and the World University Network (WUN). Gianluca has developed a number of postgraduate and executive courses and has held associated programme directorship positions. He publishes in leading management-oriented journals and has presented and discussed his findings with academics, policy makers and practitioners.