Entrepreneurs ' perspective on public-private partnership in health care and social services

Janne Sinisammal (Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Pekka Leviäkangas (Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Tommi Autio (Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Elina Hyrkäs (Oulu Southern Institute, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Publication date: 21 March 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to probe experiences of entrepreneurs in the social and health care service provision.

Design/methodology/approach

Information was collected regarding entrepreneurs’ views on the factors affecting the collaboration between public and private sectors. A sample of social and health care entrepreneurs was interviewed using open-ended questions. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using inductive content analysis.

Findings

Three main categories of factors affecting the success of partnership were identified: the nature of partnership, business aspects and tension builders.

Research limitations/implications

The research was undertaken in rural Finland and the sample consisted 13 entrepreneurs. The results must be considered as observations with more generalised conclusions.

Practical implications

The results of this study support municipalities in their social and health care service strategy work and especially in consideration of how to also facilitate a fruitful public-private partnership (PPP)-framework, which will largely depend on mutual understanding and consensus.

Originality/value

The reform of the social and health care system has raised intensive public debate throughout Europe. Key issues include the reorganising of social and health care processes as well as PPPs in provision of services. This study observes the views and experiences of private entrepreneurs and points out where some potential problems and solutions of social and health care PPPs are.

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Citation

Sinisammal, J., Leviäkangas, P., Autio, T. and Hyrkäs, E. (2016), "Entrepreneurs ' perspective on public-private partnership in health care and social services", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 174-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-02-2014-0039

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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