Organizing for the Collaborative Hospital

Thim Prætorius, Peter Hasle, Anders Paarup Nielsen

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    Abstract

    To meet demands for high quality and efficient care, hospitals increasingly organize horizontally around standardized processes (like lean and care pathways) and/or set-up formal structural arrangements such as using performance boards, having daily huddles or assigning specific roles. This trend highlights a management paradox that calls for balancing a both/and approach to bureaucratization and collaboration in hospitals. Through a qualitative multiple, embedded case study of four hospitals, the paper investigates how standardized processes and structural arrangements—instances of organizational design—facilitate collaboration in hospitals. This is important as the literature on formal organization is disconnected from the informal aspects of the organization, thereby limiting the understanding of how hospitals function. Findings suggest that hospitals use many different types of organizational design to foster and maintain collaboration, thereby pointing towards mechanisms for developing the collaborative hospital. The findings also provide insights to managers which can be utilized for the further development of hospitals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication10th International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference, book of abstracts
    Number of pages1
    Publication dateApr 2016
    Pages132 (67 i fil)
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
    Event10th Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference - Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Apr 20166 Apr 2016

    Conference

    Conference10th Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference
    LocationCardiff Business School
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityCardiff
    Period05/04/201606/04/2016

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