A1 Journal article (refereed)
Huono johtaminen lääkärikontekstissa (2022)
How bad leadership manifests in the doctor’s profession

Huikko-Tarvainen, S., Juuti, P., Auvinen, T., & Sajasalo, P. (2022). Huono johtaminen lääkärikontekstissa. Hallinnon tutkimus, 41(2), 118-132. https://doi.org/10.37450/ht.109675

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Huikko-Tarvainen, Sari; Juuti, Pauli; Auvinen, Tommi; Sajasalo, Pasi

Journal or series: Hallinnon tutkimus

ISSN: 0359-6680

eISSN: 2343-4309

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 01/06/2022

Volume: 41

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 118-132

Publisher: Hallinnon tutkimuksen seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37450/ht.109675

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81640


This study qualitatively describes physicians’ perceptions of bad physician leadership. The informants (n=50) of this study were physicians from four hierarchical levels (residents, specialists, heads of departments, and chief physicians). Content analysis by thematization was the chosen methodology. We found that bad physician leadership may manifest as adopting misguided leadership roles and styles, setting excessive demands, evading responsibility, lacking social skills and empathy, lacking support, favoritism, and inappropriate conduct. The results suggest that bad leadership can have negative conse- quences for not only working physicians but also the whole healthcare organization.

Keywords: public health service; good governance; medical doctors; leadership (activity); leadership (properties); managerial skills; problems; well-being at work

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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