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What causes imbalance in complex service netwoks?: Evidence from a public health service
Ghent University.
University of Turku.
Loughborough University.
Loughborough University.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Service Management, ISSN 1757-5818, E-ISSN 1757-5826, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 34-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PurposeService networks are inherently complex as they comprise of many interrelated actors, often driven by divergent interests. This can result in imbalance, which refers to a situation where the interests of at least one actor in a network are not secured. Drawing on the "balanced centricity" perspective, the purpose of this paper is to explore the causes of imbalance in complex service networks.Design/methodology/approachAdopting a qualitative case-based approach, this paper examines a public health service network that experienced imbalance that was detrimental to the lives of its users: the Mid-Staffordshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust, UK. Drawing on service-dominant logic and stakeholder theory, case evidence provides insight into the origin and drivers of imbalance in complex public service networks.FindingsThe origin of imbalance stems from competing institutional logics of various actors (patients/public, employees, managers, regulatory bodies, etc.), but the degree to which these competing institutional logics lead to imbalance is moderated by accountability, communication, engagement, and responsiveness within the service network.Research limitations/implicationsBy uncovering causes of imbalance in complex public service networks, this paper pinpoints important research avenues for developing the balanced centricity perspective.Practical implicationsThe inherent existence of multiple parallel institutional arrangements makes networks imbalanced, but value creation can be achieved when the appropriate mechanisms are fostered to manage balance between divergent logics.Originality/valueBy examining imbalance as the underlying cause of network dysfunction, this research contributes to understanding of the dynamics in, and performance of, complex public service networks.

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2017. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 34-56
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63028DOI: 10.1108/JOSM-03-2016-0077ISI: 000398073800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-63028DiVA, id: diva2:1140174
Available from: 2017-09-11 Created: 2017-09-11 Last updated: 2017-10-12Bibliographically approved

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