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Titre :  Control by and within space: an inter-organizational perspective in the healthcare sector
Numéro :  75
Année :  2022
Volume :  XXVIII
Auteur(s) :  Florent GIORDANO
Résumé :  Can we control organizations through the use of spatial norms? This contribution proposes to address this question, which also extends the traditional approaches of the school of proximity by integrating the question of power, a dimension that has been somewhat neglected according to the supporters of this approach. To achieve this objective, we have mobilized the concept of "dispositif" as defined by Michel Foucault as well as a broad literature in social and critical geography. Empirically, our research is based on the study of a unique case: the action of a regional health agency. The aim of this state organization is to manage the health system in a defined area by organizing the actions of operators through various mechanisms (contracts, calls for proposals, allocation of resources, inspection/control, etc.). Thus, this contribution contributes to enrich our understanding of formal control mechanisms by proposing a grammar of these mechanisms and by grounding them. It also emphasizes that space must be considered simultaneously as a generator and a product of power relations in the organizational field - a space to be aligned with when one is in a dominated position, or to be attempted to contest. Finally, it proposes a dynamic vision of inter-organizational control by using the concept of “dispositif”. However, using this concept at the inter-organizational level leads us to see organizations as black boxes. This impedes us from understanding the influence of intra-organizational logics - for example, professional groups - on spatial relations. This could be the subject of further stimulating research.
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Type :  Research paper
Keywords :  control, space, Foucault, health sector, proximity
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