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Knowledge Mobilization and Network Ambidexterity in a Mandated Healthcare Network: A CLAHRC Case Study

D'Andreta, D. and Scarbrough, H. (2016). Knowledge Mobilization and Network Ambidexterity in a Mandated Healthcare Network: A CLAHRC Case Study. In: Swan, J., Nicolini, D. and Newell, S. (Eds.), Mobilizing Knowledge in Healthcare Challenges for Management and Organization. (pp. 151-176). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780191058141

Abstract

This chapter explores the role of mandated networks in supporting knowledge mobilization. It applies a social network lens to one such network—CLAHRC-NET. Such structures, which have been described in the social network literature as “brokerage,” and “closure,” are seen as supporting knowledge mobilization in two ways. Brokerage is seen as valuable in knowledge “exploration”; namely acquiring and creating new knowledge. Closure involves the development of tight-knit groups of individuals, and is seen as helping to exploit such knowledge by embedding it within practice. The study thus highlights the scope for mandated networks to support knowledge mobilization through formal structures and roles that promote ambidexterity in the development of social ties. This has important implications for policy and practice in relation to the design of such networks. The chapter also serves to underline the value of a social network perspective for addressing the informal social dynamics of formally mandated networks..

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: D'Andreta, D. & Scarbrough, H. (2016). Knowledge Mobilization and Network Ambidexterity in a Mandated Healthcare Network: A CLAHRC Case Study. In: J. Swan, D. Nicolini & S. Newell (Eds.), Mobilizing Knowledge in Healthcare Challenges for Management and Organization. (pp. 151-176),reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mobilizing-knowledge-in-healthcare-9780198738237?cc=gb&lang=en&
Publisher Keywords: mandated networks, knowledge mobilization, social network analysis, NHS, brokerage, closure, knowledge broker, CLAHRC
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19134
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