Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies

Molloy, Eamonn and Korica, Maja (2010) Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies. Human Relations, 63 (12). pp. 1879-1901.

Abstract

This article presents an exploratory account of how medical professionals understand the relationship between new technology and their professional identities. Drawing on interview data with senior surgeons from a variety of surgical disciplines, the article draws attention to how new technologies provide occasions for the evaluation of existing intra- and inter-professional relationships, and professional identity as a whole. In particular, the role of changing insider/outsider dynamics is emphasized, as is the importance of recognizing professional identity as in constant flux at micro-, meta- and macro-levels. The implications for existing theory are discussed, and further research questions identified.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: new technologies, professional identity, professions, sensemaking, sociology of healthcare, stories
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 11:27
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/7367

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