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The (Non) Spread of Innovations : The Mediating Role of Professionals

Ferlie, E., Fitzgerald, L., Wood, M. and Hawkins, C. (2005) The (Non) Spread of Innovations : The Mediating Role of Professionals. Academy of Management Journal, 48 (1). pp. 117-134. ISSN 0001-4273

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Two qualitative studies in the U.K. health care sector trace eight purposefully selected innovations. Complex, contested, and nonlinear innovation careers emerged. Developing the nonlinear perspective on innovation spread further, we theorize that multiprofessionalization shapes “nonspread.” Social and cognitive boundaries between different professions retard spread, as individual professionals operate within unidisciplinary communities of practice. This new theory helps explain barriers to the spread of innovation in multiprofessional organizations in both health care and other settings.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2009 14:47
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2009 14:47
Status: Published
Publisher: Academy of Management
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5513

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