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Explaining process orientation failure and success in health care - three case studies
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8860-6944
2015 (English)In: Journal of Health Organisation & Management, ISSN 1477-7266, E-ISSN 1758-7247, Vol. 29, no 6, 638-653 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – In order to improve cooperation and collaboration between units, clinics and departments, many health care organizations (HCOs) have introduced process orientation. Several studies indicate problems in realizing these ambitions. The purpose of this paper is to explain and understand the success and failure of process orientation in HCOs.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors conducted three case studies and applied Actor-Network Theory as an analytic lens.

Findings – The realization of process orientation is hindered by neglect or resistance from physicians, who find the process targets to be of low medical priority. However, the authors also see that medical priorities are no stable entities but are susceptible to negotiations. Over time, process organization, process mapping, process measurement activities and the acting of enroled actors may have impact on medical priorities.

Originality/value – Contrary to previous research, the findings indicate that New Public Management may not be the main obstacle against processes, that accounting figures may not be hard to disregard and that the role of leadership is not paramount.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 29, no 6, 638-653 p.
Keyword [en]
Health care, Actor Network Theory, Medical profession, Organization and control
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31830DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-09-2013-0186ISI: 000366627900001PubMedID: 26394249OAI: diva2:709612
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-0135
Available from: 2014-04-02 Created: 2014-04-02 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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