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Professional Socialization During Restructuring: A Study of Workload and Career Time
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4596-1174
2021 (English)In: Armed forces and society, ISSN 0095-327X, E-ISSN 1556-0848Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines the experiences of newly graduated officers and specialist officers, as they recently entered employment in the Swedish Armed Forces. Building on 35 interviews, this article illustrates the dynamics of excessive workload and an unstructured working environment, and how embedded strategies for mentoring and guidance can reduce negative outcomes associated with the workload. The article introduces the concept of career time, reflecting the participant?s propensity to perform unpaid work to pursue a career in the organization. This study reveals tensions between organizational and employee interests, and experiences of exclusion from the officer profession, contextualized drawing on classical theorists Foucault and Habermas. When restructuring organizations, the quest for efficiency can outweigh professional values, such as esprit de corps and taking pride in work and professional identity.

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2021.
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officer, newcomer, organizational change, military socialization, career time
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9998DOI: 10.1177/0095327X211022225ISI: 000663897100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9998DiVA, id: diva2:1566614
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Swedish Armed ForcesAvailable from: 2021-06-15 Created: 2021-06-15 Last updated: 2021-09-07Bibliographically approved

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