Public, private and both: organisational hybrids and change in healthcare

Event Date
Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Associate Professor Simon Bishop, Nottingham University Business School


In this seminar I will discuss issues of organisational change in contemporary healthcare, focusing on hybrid organisations that combine elements from different economic sectors. Implications of hybridisation extend far beyond questions of financing, and can be seen as central to current debates about the way contemporary healthcare is organised, managed and practiced by clinicians.  Hybrids are particularly interesting as they can be seen to reflect changes in the provision of healthcare more generally. Many researchers have identified a long-term rise in ‘business like’ practices within healthcare and how these fit – or conflict - with existing professional activities. This is particularly prominent in formal public-private partnerships that actively seek to combine elements of for profit and public provision.  In the seminar I will discuss a qualitative study of a recent public private partnership in the UK. Findings describe how clinical staff and managers tried to deal with different imperatives for their work, leading to significant organisational change. This has far-reaching consequences for patient care, including the quality, safety and continuity of their care. 

Speaker profile

Simon Bishop is Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at Nottingham University Business School, and a founding member of the Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning (CHILL). His research is primarily focused on organizational change in healthcare in how it affects patients, professionals and managers. In the past he has conducted studies on new types of healthcare organisations such as Independent Sector Treatment Centres, knowledge translations bodies and integrated health and social care organisations. An important theme of his research is understanding the complex relationship between public policy, local organisational arrangements, and the impact of change on the front line of care. His work has been published in a number of leading policy, management and medical sociology journals, including Human Relations, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 

Seminar details

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Venue: Seminar room, Level 1, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University

Chair: Dr Gaston Arnolda, Research Fellow, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

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