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Creating a learning health care organization for participatory management: a case analysis

Randal Ford (Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)
Ingo Angermeier (Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to define a theory of practice in successfully implementing management‐communication practices in the service of organizational learning.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, was used in gathering and analyzing data.

Findings

Three principles in creating a supportive environment conducive to employee empowerment and participative decision making enable organizational learning.

Research limitations/implications

The study provides empirical findings in support of current theoretic knowledge in organizational learning and empowerment.

Originality/value

The paper partly rectifies that little research has investigated the enabling structures and processes to manage the environment that surrounds and supports employee participative decision making and new learning to occur at the individual and collective level within a health care setting.

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Citation

Ford, R. and Angermeier, I. (2008), "Creating a learning health care organization for participatory management: a case analysis", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 269-293. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777260810883549

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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