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Description - The Challenge of Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care by Will Thomas

At a time of growing pressure on health and social care services, this book draws together contributions which highlight contemporary challenges for their management. Providing a range of contributions that draw on a Critical Management Studies perspective the book raises macro-level concerns with theory, demographics and economics on the one hand, as well as micro-level challenges of leadership, voice and engagement on the other. Rather than being an attempt to define the 'wickedness' of problems in this field, this book provides new insights designed to be of interest and value to researchers, students and managers.

Contributions from international researchers explore four main topics:

    • identifying contemporary challenges in health and social care;
    • managing, leading and following;
    • listening to silent voices in delivering change; and
    • new methodologies for understanding care challenges.

The concerns discussed in this volume are 'wicked' in so far as they are persistent, pernicious and beyond the curative abilities of any single organisation or profession. Such problems require collaboration but also new approaches to listening to those who suffer their effects. This book demonstrates such listening through its engagement with policy makers, leaders, followers, professions, patients, forgotten groups and silenced voices. Moreover, it considers how future research might be transformed so as to shine a more inclusive light on 'wicked' problems and their amelioration. This is a timely and engaging book that challenges you - the reader - to think again about how we should look at, engage with and support all those involved in health and social care.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138103627
ISBN-10: 1138103624
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Will Thomas

Dr Will Thomas is the Deputy Head of Suffolk Business School, UK Dr Anneli Hujala is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Social Management, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland Dr Sanna Laulainen is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Social Management, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland Dr Robert McMurray is a Reader in Management at Durham University Business School, UK

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