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E Pluribus Unum: Using Group Model Building with Many Interdependent Organizations to Create Integrated Health Care Networks

Organization Development in Healthcare: Conversations on Research and Strategies

ISBN: 978-0-85724-709-4, eISBN: 978-0-85724-710-0

ISSN: 1474-8231

Publication date: 6 July 2011

Abstract

This chapter reports on an action research case study of integrated obstetric care in the Netherlands. Efficient and patient-friendly patient flows through integrated care networks are of major societal importance. How to design and develop such interorganizational patient flows is still a nascent research area, especially when dealing with a large number (n>3) of stakeholders. We have shown that a modification of an existing method to support interorganizational collaboration by system dynamics-based group model building (GMB) (the Renga method, Akkermans, 2001) may be effective in achieving such collaboration.

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Pieters, A., Akkermans, H. and Franx, A. (2011), "E Pluribus Unum: Using Group Model Building with Many Interdependent Organizations to Create Integrated Health Care Networks", Wolf, J.A., Hanson, H., Moir, M.J., Friedman, L. and Savage, G.T. (Ed.) Organization Development in Healthcare: Conversations on Research and Strategies (Advances in Health Care Management, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 321-344. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1474-8231(2011)0000010025

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