The political economy of management knowledge: Management texts in English healthcare organizations

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Ferlie, Ewan, Ledger, Jean, Dopson, Sue, Fischer, Michael D., Fitzgerald, Louise, McGivern, Gerry and Bennett, Chris. (2016). The political economy of management knowledge: Management texts in English healthcare organizations. Public Administration. 94(1), pp. 185 - 203. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12221
AuthorsFerlie, Ewan, Ledger, Jean, Dopson, Sue, Fischer, Michael D., Fitzgerald, Louise, McGivern, Gerry and Bennett, Chris
Abstract

Have generic management texts and associated knowledges now extensively diffused into public services organizations? If so, why? Our empirical study of English healthcare organizations detects an extensive presence of such texts. We argue that their ready diffusion relates to two macro-level forces: (i) the influence of the underlying political economy of public services reform and (ii) a strongly developed business school/management consulting knowledge nexus. This macro perspective theoretically complements existing explanations from the meso or middle level of analysis which examine diffusion processes within the public services field, and also more micro literature which focuses on agency from individual knowledge leaders.

Year2016
JournalPublic Administration
Journal citation94 (1), pp. 185 - 203
ISSN0033-3298
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12221
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84960493761
Open accessOpen access
Page range185 - 203
Research GroupCentre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: FERLIE, E., LEDGER, J., DOPSON, S., FISCHER, M.D., FITZGERALD, L., MCGIVERN, G. and BENNETT, C. (2016), THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE: MANAGEMENT TEXTS IN ENGLISH HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS. Public Admin, 94: 185-203. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12221, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12221. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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