Role experiences and learning behaviours of heath services' managers in rural New South Wales: a grounded theory study

Louise Elizabeth Brown

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This study investigates the work-life experiences of contemporary health services' managers in rural New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The research objective is to develop an understanding of the nexus between manager practices, their learning and their professional development within the context of managing health care facilities.A limited range of Australian health services management literature exists. However, this literature provides few insights into the work-life experiences of the role and rural contextual issues that rural managers encounter in their practices. The major focus of this study is how rural health services' managers learn for their role, the strategies they adopt to acquire knowledge and skills, and how they develop these in their role within rural acute and aged health care settings.This study adopts a methodological strategy known as Grounded Theory (Glaser & Strauss 1967). This strategy incorporates practices and procedures of simultaneous data collection and systematic analysis known as the Constant Comparative Method. Primary data sources were 29 in-depth interviews with participant managers.As data were gathered, they were subjected to a core set of practices used to make systematic multiple comparisons of data. This involved coding and comparing data to develop initial data categories, integrating the categories then refining the categories to generate data concepts about the area under investigation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Battersby, David, Principal Supervisor, External person
  • King, michael, Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Denise Jarrett, Professor, Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date01 Jan 2010
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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