Oh Matron! Coupling role theory and the performance management of pastoral support staff in a boarding school.

Foster, Christopher (2014) Oh Matron! Coupling role theory and the performance management of pastoral support staff in a boarding school. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the matron’s atypical role and attitudes to

performance management amongst pastoral staff in an English independent co-

educational boarding school. Data gathered from interviews with matrons,

housemasters and housemistresses has been used to construct – through the theoretical

lenses of coupling and role theory – an understanding of some of issues that might

affect the performance management of pastoral staff such as matrons. Theoretical

thematic analysis within and across five boarding houses in the nested case study

school suggests that the houses could be considered loosely coupled to each other but

tightly coupled to some school level functions. The analysis also identifies matrons’

role divergence and different perceptions of performance management. The

dissertation concludes that performance management might act as a compensatory

mechanism to reduce role conflict in an organisation where loose coupling has

attenuated the socialization from members of an individual employee’s role set.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 09:09
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 07:33
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28120

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