Scandinavian Working Papers in Business Administration

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 2007:4: The Patient as a construction and a non-participant member of a change-process.

Carina Beckerman ()
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Carina Beckerman: Dept. of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The contribution of this paper is a discussion about how the patient as a phenomenon is constructed and used by employees for different purposes, enabling and inhibiting change. The results are based on a three year case study in which data has been collected with interviews and observations. They have then been analyzed and interpreted within a framework consisting of theories about thinking collectives, structuration, information and knowledge management. The findings indicate that “the patient” has implications for how project management is conducted and a patient record upgraded at the anesthesia and intensive care unit of a hospital.

Keywords: the patient; anesthesia information management; constructionism; thinking collectives; knowledge management; structuration.

13 pages, First version: March 1, 2007. Revised: August 17, 2007. Earlier revisions: April 12, 2007, April 12, 2007, April 18, 2007, April 18, 2007, August 1, 2007, August 11, 2007.

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