Doctors with Borders: Professional Disputes in Times of Deregulation

By Petra Adolfsson and Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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The pharmacy market in Sweden is undergoing huge changes, going from a state-owned monopoly chain to a deregulated market with many actors. The aim of this study is to describe and analyze how professional representatives are arguing about the introduction of selling self-tests, such as celiac test, at the pharmacies in Sweden. We study how demarcations and boundaries are created between pharmacist and physicians as a result of self-tests. The concepts of social closure by exclusion and usurpation are used. This implies taking a neo-Weberian perspective on professions and professional knowledge. In understanding professional knowledge and how the boundaries between professions are negotiated in this context of political and market changes, a qualitative media analysis is used that includes articles from both newspapers and trade press. The analysis show how pharmacists use intrusive strategies such as pushing market strategy and supplementing care, while physicians create closure grounded in professional knowledge and the profession's altruistic traits.

Keywords: Knowledge, Professional Boundaries, Intrusion

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 4, January 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 577.876KB)).

Dr. Petra Adolfsson

Lecturer, Gothenburg Research Institute, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Petra Adolfsson, Ph.D, is a lecturer at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Her research interests concern organizing, especially organizational change in relation to work practice, profession and technology.

Dr. Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson

Lecturer, Sociology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Ph.D, is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interests concern Sociology of professions and gender.