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Embedding coproduction in organisational culture and practice: a case study

Julie Repper (ImROC, Nottingham, UK)
Julian Eve (ImROC, Nottingham, UK)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 26 July 2022

Issue publication date: 27 January 2023




This paper aims to explore the challenges of coproduction at individual, team, service, organisational and system level and critically describes the work of one organization to describe ways in which coproduction can be facilitated.


This is a case study of the approaches developed (coproduced) within an independent not-for-profit mental health consultancy organization to facilitate coproduction at every level.


Although much is published about coproduction in research, there is relatively little guidance relating to coproduction in practice. This paper describes the meaning, purpose and impact of coproduction at different levels and gives examples of how it can be achieved. The learning from his work is drawn together to present a series of findings with recommendations including: inclusion, managing power difference, accommodating difference, generating new ways forward rather than debating and selecting existing options.


The literature on coproduction in practice is replete with guidance rather than examples of good practice. It is also apparent that the ambition for coproduction has progressed rapidly from coproduction between service providers and people using services to coproduction with all relevant stakeholders. This paper provides contemporary examples of coproduction in different forms and at different levels with attention to ways of overcoming challenges.



Repper, J. and Eve, J. (2023), "Embedding coproduction in organisational culture and practice: a case study", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 39-58.



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