Scaling up healthcare innovation through inter-organisational networks
The aim of this project is to explore how inter-organisational networks facilitate the scale-up of research-based healthcare innovation and to work together with decision-makers to improve the management of this process. Collaborative networks attempt to address well-recognised professional and organisational boundaries that impede the uptake of research in practice and are deliberately created by governments to bring policymakers, academics and practitioners closer together. Extant literature highlights that it is not the new structural forms per se that support the translation of innovation into practice, but rather the patterns and processes of joint working that they facilitate. Yet to date, there is limited empirical research on how policy-mandated networks utilise the emergent practices of joint working, inter-organisational learning and boundary spanning to scale up innovation from ‘piloting sites’ to a broader range of organisational settings. This research project will address this gap by deploying qualitative case study methodology to examine a range of innovations and their recipient organisations, which will be supplemented by an analysis of existing project performance data routinely collected by the inter-organisational network. The study will involve close working with the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR ARC) Greater Manchester and Health Innovation Manchester (HInM).
Aims and objectives
The overarching research question of the study is:
How do collaborative inter-organisational networks enable the scale-up of research-based innovation?
The study will address the following four objectives:
1. Explore the mechanisms through which networks influence the scale-up of research-based innovations across a region;
2. Investigate the link between the scale-up of innovation and the processes of organisational and inter-organisational learning that unfold within the network;
3. Compare the operation of these mechanisms and processes across different innovation cases and contexts;
4. Facilitate organisational learning about the scale-up of research-based innovations by working together with managers.
Specific requirements of the project
The successful candidate would normally be expected to have a masters degree (to UK standard), with results of 65% or above (or overseas equivalent). In exceptional cases applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered. Previous experience in healthcare or public sector management, service improvement or related areas is desirable but will not be a compulsory requirement.
This opportunity is open to UK, EU, and overseas applicants. The project includes funding for 3 years for the equivalent of UK/EU fees (overseas applicants will need to pay the difference in fees), plus an annual stipend at the Research Council recommended rate.