Leadership in Spaces and Places
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Leadership in Spaces and Places

Edited by Arja Ropo, Perttu Salovaara, Erika Sauer and Donatella De Paoli

By combining new research on leadership and workspaces, Leadership in Spaces and Places argues for a radical reconceptualization of leadership. They argue leadership is not only about leaders themselves, but is also affected by the built environment. With contributions from both scholars and practitioners alike, the authors discuss leadership in six different contexts: • workspaces in change • open-office spaces • virtual workspaces • service spaces • cultural spaces • institutional spaces.
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Chapter 12: The hospital as a space of power: ownership of space and symbols of power in the hospital setting

Erika Sauer


In this chapter I take a closer look at everyday hospital spaces in order to see what kinds of power structures the architecture, design and the use of space suggest. I work in the spirit of Foucault, who analyses the relationship of space and power in regard to the power enacted by individuals in space, the symbolic power enacted by organizations through the use of space, and the power that space carries in and of itself so that space structures relationships. We can say that space and power coexist. Space allows some functions to operate while it restricts or prohibits others.

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