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Managing Modern Healthcare

Knowledge, Networks and Practice, 1st Edition

By Mike Bresnen, Damian Hodgson, Simon Bailey, Paula Hyde, John Hassard

Routledge

208 pages

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Until now, research has given us only a limited understanding of how managers actually make sense of and apply management knowledge; how networks of interaction amongst managers help or hinder processes of knowledge diffusion and the sharing of best practice; and how these processes are all influenced both by the organisations in which managers act and by the professional communities of practice they belong to. Managing Modern Healthcare fills these important gaps in our understanding by drawing upon an in-depth study of management networks and practice in three healthcare organisations in the UK. It draws from the primary research a number of important and grounded lessons about how management networks develop and influence the spread of management knowledge and practice; how management training and development relates to the needs of managers facing challenging conditions; and how those conditions are themselves shaping the nature of management in healthcare.

This book reveals how managers in practice are responding to the many contemporary challenges facing healthcare (and the NHS in particular) and how they are able or not to effectively exploit sources of knowledge, learning and best practice through the networks of practice they engage in to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare organisational performance.

Managing Modern Healthcare makes a number of important theoretical contributions as well as practical recommendations. The theoretical and empirical contributions the book makes relate to wider work on networks and networking, management knowledge, situated learning/communities of practice, professionalization/professional identity and healthcare management more generally. The practical contribution comes in the form of recommendations for healthcare management practitioners and policy makers that are intended to impact upon and help enhance healthcare management delivery and performance.

Table of Contents

1. Managing Healthcare: Themes and Issues

2. Contextualizing Healthcare Management

3. Studying Management in Healthcare

4. Being a Manager

5. Becoming a Manager

6. Managers Knowing

7. Managers Networking

8. Managing Healthcare: Tensions and Prospects

About the Authors

Mike Bresnen is Professor of Organization Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

Damian Hodgson is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

Simon Bailey is a Research Fellow at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

Paula Hyde is Professor of Organization Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

John Hassard is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 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:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS070000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / General
BUS074030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities / Management & Leadership
BUS079000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
BUS098000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital