Hvordan skabes ejerskab til en top-down beslutning? Kommunikation og organisering i en skolesammenlægning

Jesper Væver Jensen

Student thesis: Master executive thesis


This thesis is a document study and discourse analysis of the merger of 10.klassecentret and Ungdomsskolen in Gladsaxe municipality. The decision to merge the two schools was taken politically without the involvement of school management or employees. It was a top-down decision. This study aims to examine how ownership and resistance in relation to the new school is created. The intention is to examine how power is exercised and identity distributed to both individuals and organization following a top down decision. The approach of the study is designated as a CCO approach (Communicative Constitution of Organization), and describes organizations as communication processes. The CCO approach is the umbrella term for a wide range of different theoretical approaches. In this study the key theoretical concepts concerning discourse analysis and power, is drawn from Foucault, Laclau and Mouffe. The first analytic moment identifies the discourses which are articulated in the documents relating to the merger. Secondly, the subject positions as interpellated in discourses are indentified. And the third analytic moment is a description of the discourses struggle for hegemony and of their organizing capacity. In relation to the organizing effects of the discourses the understanding of how the interpellation of subject works is expanded with the concepts of appropriation and attribution. These terms are provided by Cooren. The study provides examples of how both individuals and the organization are given identity through interpellation. The thesis's findings are that the discursive field of the merger consists of six principal discourses. It is discourses concerning economy, legislation, interdisciplinarity, students profiles, students goals and youth culture. The discourses concerning interdisciplinarity, students goals and youth culture are discourses that produces ownership towards the new school. Resistance to the merger is mainly articulated within the discourses of legislation and students profiles. The economy discourse has a strong hegemonic position that is works inclusive and exclusive in relation to the organization. The study also shows it to be premature to conclude which of the other discourses who eventually wins a hegemonic position.

EducationsMaster of Public Governance, (Executive Master Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages65