The Diffusion of Medical Innovations: Can Figurational Sociology Contribute?

Dopson, Sue (2005) The Diffusion of Medical Innovations: Can Figurational Sociology Contribute? Organization Studies, 26. pp. 1125-1144.

Abstract

This article seeks to present and explore the relevance of a figurational, or process sociological approach, as developed by Norbert Elias, to the investigation of innovation and change. It is argued that Elias’s work offers a theoretically robust framework for exploring such issues. Applications of the principles of his work, in particular the emphasis on an understanding of longer-term unplanned processes, are a potential help to those charged with planning and managing complex change, such as the
introduction of innovation. The example of health policy-makers’ attempts to use the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) to change clinical practice is used to explore these cla

Item Type: Article
Keywords: innovation; evidence-based medicine; change; Elias; figurational sociology;
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 13:07
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:05
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/443

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