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Not every public sector is a field: evidence from the recent overhaul of the English NHS

Gore, Oz, Hammond, Jonathan, Bailey, Simon, Checkland, Katherine, Hodgson, Damian (2018) Not every public sector is a field: evidence from the recent overhaul of the English NHS. Public Management Review, . ISSN 1471-9037. (doi:10.1080/14719037.2018.1503703) (KAR id:70077)

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A structural interpretation of institutionalism has become dominant in public management research. Yet, studies tend to assume an institutional-level phenomenon without specifying how an organizational field was identified or whether structural characteristics can indeed be found in the organizational population studied. This lacuna is illustrated by exploring the structural interpretation of the field construct in the case of the recent overhaul of English primary care. Findings demonstrate the need for a more robust application of institutionalism in empirical research. Possible research problems for public management and a future research agenda based on a more relational approach to fields are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14719037.2018.1503703
Uncontrolled keywords: Institutionalism, organizational fields, management reform, healthcare, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Bailey
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 11:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 14:36 UTC
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