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Collaboration for continuous innovation: routines for knowledge integration in healthcare
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Number of Authors: 22016 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, E-ISSN 1741-5276, Vol. 71, no 3-4, p. 212-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Routines allow organisations to perform basic functional activities and to continuously adapt through innovation. To understand how the search for new knowledge occurs, this paper explores how knowledge is integrated in search routines for innovation, and how search routines differ between contexts. Becker's (2005) general model, based on the notions of antecedents and routine characteristics, is adapted to develop a framework for analysing search routines for innovation. The framework is then applied in two case studies of healthcare clinics employing iterative and sequential modes of healthcare, respectively. The cases illustrate how the context affects the form of the search routine. The study demonstrates the viability of empirically investigating routines using a coherent framework, to understand how contextual factors affect routines at the operational level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 71, no 3-4, p. 212-231
Keywords [en]
search routines, knowledge integration, collaboration, healthcare operations, continuous innovation, iterative care, sequential care
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139344DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2016.078569ISI: 000391087000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139344DiVA, id: diva2:1072524
Available from: 2017-02-08 Created: 2017-02-06 Last updated: 2018-04-19Bibliographically approved
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1. Collaboration Routines: A Study of Interdisciplinary Healthcare
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaboration Routines: A Study of Interdisciplinary Healthcare
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with routines for collaboration among specialists from different domains in healthcare. Healthcare policy is increasingly directed at transforming clinical healthcare into an interdisciplinary organization where diverse medical specialists collaborate in delivering complete treatments to the patient. However, as both practice and research repeatedly reports, achieving interdisciplinary collaboration is difficult. Due to the divides in knowledge and practice which exist between the medical disciplines, multidisciplinary clinics do not automatically lead to collaboration involving integration of disciplinary knowledge. Based on recent conceptualizations of organizational routines as sources of both stability and flexibility, this thesis concentrates on the type of routines that enable collaboration across domain boundaries. Collaboration routines, as they are called here, are suggested to support the interdisciplinary clinic in making use of its diversity in knowledge and practice. The thesis is comprised of four papers, including three empirical case studies of clinical healthcare. The combined findings indicate that collaboration routines support idea generation, testing of new joint practices and trial-and-error learning. Contrary to the common underlying conception of routines as blueprints, these findings bring to the surface an underlying logic of shared learning. Collaboration routines continuously support the formation and maintenance of shared cognition and shared motivation among different domain specialists, thereby assuming a function of continuous routinizing. The thesis contributes to the literature on routines by advancing research on how routines can support collaboration across domain boundaries within an organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, 2018. p. 53
Keywords
organizational routines, interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge integration, healthcare organization
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155377 (URN)978-91-7797-316-4 (ISBN)978-91-7797-317-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-06-11, Gröjersalen, hus 3, Kräftriket, Roslagsvägen 101, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Manuscript. Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.

Available from: 2018-05-17 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-04Bibliographically approved

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