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Interlocking Interactions: The Diffusion of Innovations in Health Care.

Fitzgerald, L., Ferlie, E., Wood, M. and Hawkins, C. (2002) Interlocking Interactions: The Diffusion of Innovations in Health Care. Human Relations, 55 (12). pp. 1429-1449. ISSN 0018 7267

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This article aims to provide a reassessment of the processes of diffusion of innovations into organizations, based on new empirical data. The focus of the article is the latter stages of the diffusion process. The article draws on the results of two studies, which examined the diffusion of innovations in health care in the UK. These projects were a matched pair of qualitative studies, using purposeful selections of comparative case studies. The results demonstrate the ambiguous, contested nature of new scientific knowledge. The highly interactive nature of diffusion, with active adopters is illustrated. There is no evidence of a single adoption decision. The science is socially mediated. The features of context and of actors interlock to influence diffusion.

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: 11 Jun 2009 11:25
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2009 11:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/001872602128782213
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/001872602128782213
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6237

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