The use of supervisory authority in Chinese cultural context
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香港中文大學研究人員

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摘要This qualitative study explores supervisory authority in the relationship between social work supervisors and frontline social workers in Hong Kong. Forty in-depth interviews and seven focus groups were conducted with supervisors, supervisees, and local experts. The findings reflect that the supervisors dominate the decision-making process and that their authority is apparent in the supervisor-supervisee relationship. The results reveal that in issues related to policy or administration, or when there is an urgent need for timely decision-making, supervisors would give clear instructions and adopt a straightforward decision-making strategy. Discussion among staff is allowed and encouraged, but it focuses on issues related to professional practice or service delivery. Supervisees tend to use supervision to ensure that the supervisor is responsible for decision-making, and they often become frustrated when no clear instructions are given. The Chinese attitude towards hierarchical relationship and practice of subordination to authority are obvious in the supervisor-supervisee relationship. Most supervisors interviewed tend to adopt a "consensus by consultation and consent" approach in their supervisory practice. This approach reduces staff participation and sense of belonging. Supervisors are advised to achieve referent power and expert power by using a competence model of supervision to replace culturally ascribed authority.
著者Tsui MS, Ho WS, Lam CM
期刊名稱Administration in Social Work
詳細描述SSCI impact factor: 0.824
出版年份2005
月份1
日期1
卷號29
期次4
出版社HAWORTH PRESS INC
頁次51 - 68
國際標準期刊號0364-3107
電子國際標準期刊號1544-4376
語言英式英語
關鍵詞authority; Chinese culture; Hong Kong; supervision
Web of Science 學科類別Public Administration; PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION; Social Work; SOCIAL WORK

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