Leadership in integrated care networks: A literature review and opportunities for future research

Item Type Journal paper

Introduction: In many countries, elderly patients with chronic conditions require a web of services delivered by several providers collaborating in inter-organisational networks. In view of their global importance, it is surprising how little we know how these networks are led. Like traditional organisations, networks require leadership to function effectively. This paper reviews central characteristics of leadership in integrated care networks and proposes opportunities for future research.

Theory and methods: Analysing 73 studies published in leading academic journals, this paper consolidates research on leadership media, practices, activities and outcomes, covering the network, policy and organisation levels of analysis.

Results: Findings indicate that the field has focused on leadership media and outcomes at the network level. They also suggest that leadership in integrated care networks faces multiple tensions. Future research could usefully provide a fuller picture by examining leadership practices, activities and outcomes at the policy and organisation level, integrating advances in the wider leadership literature.

Discussion and conclusion: These findings contribute to the debate on leadership in integrated care networks. They also inform practice, drawing attention to persistent tensions as a core leadership challenge and offering latest scholarly evidence practitioners can use to reflect on and advance their own leadership practice.

Authors Mitterlechner, Matthias
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Integrated Care
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
health sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2020
Volume 20(3)
Number 6
Page Range 1-14
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5420
Official URL https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5420
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Matthias Mitterlechner
Date Deposited 10 Dec 2020 14:03
Last Modified 11 Apr 2021 00:25
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261656


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Mitterlechner, Matthias (2020) Leadership in integrated care networks: A literature review and opportunities for future research. International Journal of Integrated Care, 20(3) (6). 1-14.


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