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Have generic management texts and associated knowledges now extensively diffused into public services organizations? If so, why? Our empirical study of English healthcare organizations detects an extensive presence of such texts. We argue that their ready diffusion relates to two macro-level forces: (i) the influence of the underlying political economy of public services reform and (ii) a strongly developed business school/management consulting knowledge nexus. This macro perspective theoretically complements existing explanations from the meso or middle level of analysis which examine diffusion processes within the public services field, and also more micro literature which focuses on agency from individual knowledge leaders.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Public Administration: An International Quarterly

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication Date

03/2016

Volume

94

Pages

185 - 203

Keywords

health care, organisational behaviour