The Management Quest for Authentic Relationships in Voluntary Social Care

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Little research has been devoted to exploring the perspective of volunteer managers and the values guiding them in their effort to manage voluntary social care. The purpose of this paper is to begin to provide insight into the content of these values and their impact on the day-to-day practices of managers. The paper will proceed through three stages. The first provides a short review of the literature regarding the nature of research in the field of volunteer management. This is followed by a presentation of results from an exploratory study of how managers’ call for authentic relationships has specific consequences for how voluntary social care becomes an object of their management. These questions will be investigated among managers in four different organizational settings in Denmark, which organize voluntary social care in relation to children, the elderly, young people with mental health problems and hospital patients respectively. The paper concludes by discussing the kinds of challenges and dilemmas that these values and expectations bring about.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts : Nordic Sociological Conference 2018
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherAalborg Universitet
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event29th Nordic Sociological Association Conference. NSA 2018 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 Aug 201810 Aug 2018
Conference number: 29


Conference29th Nordic Sociological Association Conference. NSA 2018
LocationAalborg University
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  • Management
  • Voluntary social care
  • Authentic relationships

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