Systemic Development of Health Organizations: An Integrative Systems Methodology

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Abstract The purpose of this paper is helping managers and leaders in healthcare develop viable organizations that deliver high-level services. Health organizations such as hospitals are exceedingly complex. Therefore, we use Integrative Systems Methodology, a framework designed especially as an enabler for coping with complexity. Within that framework, we combine quantitative and qualitative methods to describe and explain organizational phenomena evolving over time. Rather than a large survey, we use a real-life case study. A single-case setting has been chosen, to enable long-term and in-depth exploration. The case spans 30 years, covering the
evolution of the oncological care system of Carinthia, which is a federal state of Austria. The contribution of the chapter is in providing deep insights. It lays open the structures underlying the viability of health organizations. The chapter also provides
well-grounded advice for how to build a robust health organization in a context of complexity and change.

Authors Schwaninger, Markus & Klocker, Johann
Editors Qudrat-Ullah, Hassan & Tsasis, Peter
Language English
Subjects social sciences
Date 2017
Publisher Springer International
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Series Name Understanding Complex Systems
Page Range 87-139
Title of Book Innovative Health Systems for the 21st Century
ISBN 978-3-319-55774-8
Publisher DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-55774-8_4
Depositing User Prof. em. Markus Schwaninger
Date Deposited 07 Sep 2017 07:50
Last Modified 22 Nov 2017 15:51


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Schwaninger, Markus & Klocker, Johann: Systemic Development of Health Organizations: An Integrative Systems Methodology. In: Understanding Complex Systems. Cham, Switzerland : Springer International, 2017, S. 87-139.

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