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Title: Strengthening decision-making within shared governance : an action research study
Author: Williamson, T.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2433 007X
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis presents an action research study concerned with strengthening decision-making within a councillor model of shared governance in a UK hospital trust. Shared governance seeks to flatten traditional hierarchies by empowering clinical staff to make decisions affecting policy and practice. Chapter 1 sets the scene for this exploratory case study through identification of the national and local health care context. The model of shared governance chosen for investigation is presented. An overview of the thesis is given. Chapter2 presents a literature review of shared governance framed by undertaking of a concept analysis. Existing evidence concerning shared governance and decision-making is examined. Chapter 3 considers methodology issues and justifies the selection of a qualitative approach that embraces action research as a means of promoting integration of findings into decision-making practice. Chapter4 sets out the methods used to collect data in response to the research questions. Issues around access to the research setting are discussed. Sampling decisions are made explicit and a description of the data collection process is given. Extensive use has been made of participant-observation as well as interview techniques. Chapter5 presents adetailed narrative of the approach to analysis centring on the use of basic and advanced data displays to aid qualitative data analysis. Chapter 6 details the study findings and culminates in the presentation of a conceptual model of shared governance decision-making. Chapter7 provides a substantive reflective narrative concerning my research practices and experiences throughout the action research journey, and the impact of these on my personal development. Chapter8 discusses the study findings in light of a summative review of the literature and evidence around shared governance and decision-making. Implications for practice and policy are identified along with areas for future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Health and Wellbeing