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Advances in Health Care Organization Theory, 2nd Edition by Stephen S. Mick, Patrick D. Shay

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Chapter 7Remember It Is a WorkplaceHealth Care Organizations as Sociological Artifacts

Timothy Hoff

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of social structure in health care workplaces and its value in health care organizational research.
  2. Identify socially constructed artifacts within health care organizations and appreciate how they affect organizational structure, culture, and production.
  3. Consider how health care organizational research and organization theory may better address and focus more on sociological artifacts (e.g., routines, emotions, roles, careers, identities) to explain organizational behavior.
  4. Understand the importance of accounting for context in the study of health care organizations and socially constructed elements ...

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