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dc.contributor.authorMatthias, Olga*
dc.contributor.authorBrown, S.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-06T13:51:40Z
dc.date.available2016-09-06T13:51:40Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationMatthias O and Brown S (2016) Implementing operations strategy through Lean processes within health care – the example of NHS in the UK. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 36(11).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/8913
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose - This paper is part of a process of ongoing longitudinal cases studies that investigate how Operations Strategy and Lean concepts can be applied within a Healthcare organisation and the degree to which both Lean and Operations Strategy are understood by senior-level NHS personnel. Further interviews and data analysis will examine actual performance of Lean capabilities within the NHS. Design/methodology/approach - For this explanatory multiple-case study project we collected Data through semi-structured interviews with executives in the NHS to understand how operations strategies are developed in the NHS and implemented in NHS hospitals. The Unit of Analysis is the hospital. Multiple (22) interviews took place over 12 months with senior-level personnel responsible for implementing change via Operations Strategy goals, and incorporating Lean initiatives. In addition, to triangulate data, we examined healthcare reports and strategy policy documents from each case hospital. This forms stage 1 of a longitudinal study which will examine the actual performance of Lean within the NHS hospitals across a range of operations parameters and explore links between such capabilities and the role and importance of operations strategy in more detail. Findings - Our Findings lead to the conclusion that operations strategies were not fully developed within the hospitals. In addition, our ongoing data capture shows that ‘Best practice’ was not being disseminated across the NHS, for either patient experience or organisational effectiveness and the role of operations strategy was not fully clear other than as a rather vague ‘umbrella’ term. Despite Lean’s attraction for Healthcare at a micro level, significant operational and cultural hurdles must be overcome for the full strategic benefits of Lean to be realised. A much more holistic approach in providing a full service for the whole of the patient journey is needed. Research limitations/implications (if applicable) - Our sample provides an initial snapshot. A larger number of hospitals and/or further longitudinal research will be needed to deepen understanding of embedding strategic change to improve overall performance. Practical implications (if applicable) - Tackling cultural performance and operational issues at a macro level could help Healthcare providers reconcile the perceived conflicting goals of improving patient care (i.e. service delivery) whilst simultaneously reducing costs. The role of explicit operations strategies could be pivotal in designing and implementing such change. Originality/value - This research builds on and extends the work of Toussaint and Berry (2013), Seddon and O’Donovan (2010) and Carlborg and Kowalkowski (2013). We highlight how some of the apparent contradictions in the requirements of the various stakeholders create operational and strategic tensions. We highlight the multifaceted nature of design and delivery of a multi-touchpoint service within the complexity of a large healthcare provider.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/IJOPM-04-2015-0194
dc.rightsThis article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here: https://bradscholars.brad.ac.uk. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limiteden_US
dc.subjectService operations; Healthcare; Lean; Public services; Performance; Strategic capabilityen_US
dc.titleImplementing operations strategy through Lean processes within health care – the example of NHS in the UKen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2016-08-19
dc.type.versionfinal draft paperen_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T13:32:14Z


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