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The influence of policy, law and regulation on self-managing teams in the Dutch healthcare sector: a qualitative study

Engelen, Patty C.R. van (2017) The influence of policy, law and regulation on self-managing teams in the Dutch healthcare sector: a qualitative study.

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Abstract:The Dutch healthcare sector is slowly changing its structure towards self-managing teams. These developments are especially visible within care organizations like residential and homecare. Nurses are now expected to take the lead and have the authority to manage their work themselves. At the same time, the Dutch healthcare sector in general is one that operates in an increasingly regulated environment. Consequentially, this has an influence on the actors within the Dutch healthcare sector, like healthcare providing organisations and their employees, including nowadays the self-managing teams. The purpose of this research is to explore and identify the influences of policy, law and regulation on the operations of self-managing teams in the Dutch healthcare sector. Not yet has there been paid attention to this matter in literature, and thus this research aims to start this conversation. To do so, a single case study was conducted within a homecare organization. The results of six interviews identified the first ideas about influences of policy, law and regulation on performance of self-managing teams in the Dutch healthcare sector, which were divided into five main categories: organisational interference, the distance between the work floor and policy makers, financial cuts, quality of care and self-managing teams, and the influence of health insurers. The research concludes that the main cause for the challenges that self-managing teams in the healthcare sector encounter, is the distance between the work floor and the policy makers, whereas the biggest malefactor in these challenges is identified to be the financial cuts. Furthermore, the research opened up doors to future research on how to deal with these influence of policy, law and regulation on self-managing teams in the healthcare sector.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72782
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