The Critical Health Care Management Domain

Martin Kitchener, Richard Thomas

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    While the application of critical approaches has helped to reduce the conservatism and improve the relevance of scholarship in areas of health care studies including those concerned with social movements and the body, the impact of critical work has been less marked in health care management studies. After discussing the causes and implications of this phenomenon, this chapter extends the work of Burawoy (2004) and Delbridge (2010) to develop an articulation of Critical Health Care Management Studies (CHMS) as a necessary and distinctive domain of scholarship. We then review progress in developing CHMS in terms of the four main concerns of critical management enquiry: (a) questioning the taken-for-granted, (b) moving beyond instrumentalism and assumptions of performativity, (c) a concern for reflexivity and meanings in research, and (d) challenging structures of domination. We conclude by discussing barriers to progress and presenting an agenda for the development of the CHMS domain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)978-0198705109
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


    • Critical health care management
    • performativity
    • reflexivity
    • relevance


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