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Analysing Health Care Organizations

A Personal Anthology, 1st Edition

By Ewan Ferlie


250 pages

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Analysing Health Care Organizations seeks to link the world of health policy and management with the academic field of organization studies in a novel and additive way. It outlines the main developments in UK health care management apparent over the last thirty years and explores how they might be (re)seen with the application of some important organizational theories and perspectives.

This book draws out contemporary and enduring themes from current literature on health care organization and considers them from a range of theoretical perspectives. Drawing on robust areas of research and some key academics who contribute to work in this field, it is a book relevant both to experts in the field and to those seeking to develop an understanding of health care organization from a theoretical perspective. Analysing Health Care Organizations provides a state of the art introduction foundation for subsequent works that will extend its content; providing a broad introductory overview of this theoretical terrain and setting the scene for further research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Rationale 2. Professional Dominance Theory Restated 3. The Shock of the New Public Management: UK Health Care Organizations Transformed? 4. Network Governance Reforms: A Post NPM Reform Narrative? 5. Governmentality and Health Care Organizations 6. Organizational Development and the Diffusion of Innovations 7. The New Institutionalism and the Analysis of Health Care Fields 8. Change Management Knowledge in Health Care Organizations – Analysing a Knowledge Production System 9. Knowledge and Knowledge Mobilization in Health Care Organizations 10. Professionalism and Managerialism Revisited: On ‘Getting Doctors into Management’ 11. Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Ewan Ferlie is Professor of Public Services Management and Head of the Department of Management at King’s College London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Health Management

The health care sector is now of major significance, economically, scientifically and societally. In many countries, health care organizations are experiencing major pressures to change and restructure, while cost containment efforts have been accentuated by global economic crisis. Users are demanding higher service quality, and health care professions are experiencing significant reorganization whilst operating under increased demands from an ageing population.

Critically analytic, politically informed, discursive and theoretically grounded, rather than narrowly technical or positivistic, the series seeks to analyse current health care organizations. Reflecting the intense focus of policy and academic interest, it moves beyond the day to day debate to consider the broader implications of international organizational and management research and different theoretical framings.

The series welcomes proposals on the following themes:

  • What organization theories best shed light on current health care organizations?
  • How does organizational change take place in health care organizations?
  • How can novel health policy arenas (e.g. patient safety and quality) be conceptualised?
  • Which narratives of health care reforming become influential and why in the political and policy domains?
  • Who are the key actors in current health care reform? E.g. Rise of management consulting and think tanks.
  • ‘doing more with less’ in health care post the 2008 economic crisis; what is the assessment of policies and strategies adopted?
  • Why do countries vary in their experience of health care reform?
  • What are the key developments within the health care professions and their implications for health care management?
  • How important is the push from Science and Technology reshaping health care systems?
  • What are the broader social and organizational effects of new ICTs in health care settings?

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior