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Rolling the dice in a game of trust: Organizational effects on trust, efficacy and motivation when using economic incentives as a driving force for development in Swedish schools
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN 2002-0317Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

For a long time, the Swedish government has tried different reforms to counteract declining student results. One action was to implement a salary-lift for teachers perceived as especially skilled. However, changes within socially complex systems tend to create tensions and resistance among the staff. In this reform, a majority of teachers were excluded from the payroll raise, which led to a renegotiation of roles, rules and commitments within the faculty. In this study, the principals’ perception of the teachers’ initial reactions and responses to the implementation is the focus. The data for this study contain four narratives from principals who implemented the salary lift within their organizations. The analysis shows that the reform challenged the principals as heads of the organizations. They stated that the salary lift created conflicts and insecurities among the teachers related to their motivation, sense of trust and self-efficacy. These conflicts and insecurities seemed to fuel a spiral of mistrust within the schools in the wake of the reform.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
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Trust, efficacy, motivation, economic incentives, social contract
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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educational leadership
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163871DOI: 10.1080/20020317.2019.1664218OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163871DiVA, id: diva2:1358044
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved

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