Contestation About Collaboration: Discursive Boundary Work Among Professions

52 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2018

See all articles by Silke Bucher

Silke Bucher

HEC Montreal

Ann Langley

HEC Montreal

Samia Chreim

University of Ottawa

Trish Reay

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: January 22, 2016

Abstract

We examine how professions responded to a potential change in jurisdictional boundaries by analyzing the written submissions of five professional associations in reaction to a government proposal to strengthen interprofessional collaboration, relating these responses to the professions’ field positions. We identify four foci for framing used by the professions to discursively develop their boundary claims: (1) framing the issue of interprofessional collaboration (issue framing), (2) framing of justifications for favored solutions (justifying), (3) framing the profession’s own identity (self-casting), and (4) framing other professions’ identities (altercasting). We find that professions employed these foci differently depending on two dimensions of their field positions – status and centrality. Our study contributes to the literature by identifying distinctive ways through which the foci for framing may be mobilized in situations of boundary contestation, and by theorizing how field position in terms of status and centrality influences actors’ framing strategies.

Keywords: boundary work, framing, health care, professions

Suggested Citation

Bucher, Silke and Langley, Ann and Chreim, Samia and Reay, Trish, Contestation About Collaboration: Discursive Boundary Work Among Professions (January 22, 2016). Organization Studies, 37(4), 497-522.; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2016-901-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3156630

Silke Bucher

HEC Montreal ( email )

3000, Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2L3
Canada

Ann Langley

HEC Montreal ( email )

Samia Chreim

University of Ottawa ( email )

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

Trish Reay (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
780-492-4246 (Phone)
780-492-3325 (Fax)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
9
Abstract Views
80
PlumX Metrics