Values, Rationality, and Power: Developing Organizational Wisdom: A Case Study of a Canadian Healthcare Authority

Brad C. Anderson
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

Product Details
21 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
304 pages - 152 x 229mm
Critical Management Studies
Values, Rationality, and Power: Developing Organizational Wisdom demonstrates that organizations can act wisely. A critical realist framework and phonetic research approach is used to perform an embedded single case study of a group's attempt to develop and spread a medical innovation within a Canadian healthcare authority. 

The study's exploration of how to spread innovation through a healthcare system will help readers to gain insight into why groups resist change and how individuals can exercise their values, rationality, and power to overcome this resistance. Presenting a framework to conceptualize and study wisdom, the book identifies that values guide wise action, that knowledge is required but insufficient for wisdom, and finally that wisdom is action-oriented. The results of the case study demonstrate the power that values possess to drive organizational behaviour. 

Offering a unique insight into how values, rationality, and power interact in a real social setting, the book explores how these interactions can both drive and resolve conflict, but also create positive change. Through this understanding, academic and students of management and organizations can create a discipline of scholarship and teaching that fosters the development of organizational wisdom.
Chapter 1. Study Overview 
Chapter 2. Overview of Organizational Wisdom 
Chapter 3. Values & Rationality 
Chapter 4. Power and the Nature of Pluralistic Organizations 
Chapter 5. Theoretical Frameworks 
Chapter 6. Methods 
Chapter 7. The Values Inherent in the Seniors Program 
Chapter 8. Managing Executive Resistance 
Chapter 9. Binding the Organization to the Seniors Program 
Chapter 10. Multiple Rationalities at Play 
Chapter 11. Reifying Power 
Chapter 12. Structures Constraining Spread 
Chapter 13. Structures Enabling Spread 
Chapter 14. Discussion: Values, Rationality, and Power 
Chapter 15. Was the Use of Power Consistent with the Values of Canada's Healthcare System?  
Chapter 16. What’s To Be Done? Facilitating the Development of Organizational Wisdom 
Chapter 17. Wisdom's Future
Brad C. Anderson teaches business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His research focuses on operations management as well as business analysis and decision-making. In addition to his teaching and research interests, he is a published science fiction author.

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