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RiskworkEssays on the Organizational Life of Risk Management$
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Michael Power

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753223.001.0001

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Doing Institutional Riskwork in a Mental Health Hospital

Doing Institutional Riskwork in a Mental Health Hospital

(p.211) 10 Doing Institutional Riskwork in a Mental Health Hospital

Véronique Labelle

Linda Rouleau

Oxford University Press

Building on a single ethnographic case study, we explore the riskwork performed by members of a mental health hospital. Based on multidisciplinary meetings observations and forty in-depth semi-structured interviews, we studied the way professionals, managers, and patients engage individually and collectively in practices related to safety risks. Drawing on institutional work and institutional logics perspectives, we first show how formal and informal risk management is rooted in often conflicting institutional logics. We then describe how actors skilfully cope with these conflicting logics in their day-to-day routines and how it triggers initiatives that influence the way safety risks are addressed at the organizational and institutional levels.

Keywords:   institutional work, clinical risk, institutional logic, techno-scientific, politics of risk

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