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Healthcare managers' decision making: findings of a small scale exploratory study

MacDonald, J., Bath, P.A. and Booth, A. (2008) Healthcare managers' decision making: findings of a small scale exploratory study. Health Informatics Journal, 14 (4). pp. 247-258. ISSN 1460-4582

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Managers who work in publicly funded healthcare organizations are an understudied group. Some of the influences on their decisions may be unique to healthcare. This study considers how to integrate research knowledge effectively into healthcare managers' decision making, and how to manage and integrate information that will include community data. This first phase in a two-phase mixed methods research study used a qualitative, multiple case studies design. Nineteen semi-structured interviews were undertaken using the critical incident technique. Interview transcripts were analysed using the NatCen Framework. One theme represented `information and decisions'. Cases were determined to involve complex multi-level, multi-situational decisions with participants in practical rather than ceremonial work roles. Most considered organizational knowledge in the first two decision phases and external knowledge, including research, in the third phase. All participants engaged in satisficing to some degree.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: decision complexity; healthcare managers; naturalistic decision making; organizational decision making; work roles
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 11:40
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 11:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458208096554
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1460458208096554
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9122

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