Previous Conferences

Our last and recently held conference was the 10th International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference held at Cardiff Business School on 4th-6th April 2016. The Conference theme was ‘Attaining, sustaining and spreading improvement: Art or Science?’. It was hosted by Cardiff Health Organisation and Policy Studies Group (CHOPS), Cardiff Business School.

Professor Martin Kitchener, Dr. Aoife McDermott, and the whole team delivered a highly successful conference. The conference was a wonderful demonstration of the vibrancy and vitality of our community of practice. It was also a real showcase of the City of Cardiff, ancient and modern, with the conference itself held in the fabulous new premises of the Business School and social events in the splendour of Cardiff Castle and dinner in the National Museum.

A summary of the 10th OBHC conference:
18 countries represented
52 reviewers of conference papers
86 sessions
35 participants in the pre-conference event for PhD and early career researchers
15 Health Foundation bursaries for PhD and early career researchers. The calibre was so high, Cardiff Business School made provision for support of a further 9 individuals
5 symposia, the first time these were included in the programme
3 keynotes speakers:
• Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh government
• Professor Steve Shortell, University of Berkeley, USA
• Professor Louise Fitzgerald, Oxford University / De Montfort University
• An innovation of this year’s conference was the pre-conference workshop for PhD students and early career researchers. By giving a focus to this research, the workshop not only aims to enhance the rigour of the research but foster a new community of researchers.
• The conference recognised the enormous contribution to SHOC by Professor Lorna McKee over many years.

Awards were given to the following:
Best papers by an Early Career Researcher:
• Comfort Adeosun (University of Aberdeen), with McKee L.,Homans H. & Rae R. “Stakeholder involvement and service user’s acceptance in the implementation of new practice guideline”
• Joy Furnival University of Manchester), with Walshe K. & Boaden R. “Emerging hybridity: A comparative analysis of regulatory arrangements in the four countries of the United Kingdom”
Highly Commended PhD paper:
• Dori Cross (University of Michigan). “Contextual factors influencing success of primary care teams: A scoping review”
Highly commended papers:
• Julie E. Reed (Imperial College, London) and Heather C. Kaplan (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital). “Qualitative exploration of context using the Model for Understanding Success in Quality (MUSIQ)”
• Gerry McGivern (Warwick Business School), Michael Fischer (University of Melbourne), Justin Waring (University of Nottingham), Tomas Palaima (Vilnius University), Zoey Spendlove (Warwick Business School), Oliver Thomson (British School of Osteopathy) and Tina Kiefer (Warwick Business School). “Improving health care through relational regulation: The case of UK osteopathy.”
Best paper:
• Justin Waring and Amanda Crompton (University of Nottingham). “A movement for improvement? Leading and framing the implementation of collaborative change.”

The 9th International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference, ‘When Health Policy Meets Every Day Practices’, was hosted at Copenhagen Business School by CBS Public-Private Platform in Denmark, on 23-25th April 2014. This was the first OB in HC conference to be held in Northern Europe. The conference was a great success with over 100 attendees coming from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the US, Canada and Australia.

Our 8th International Organisation Behaviour in Healthcare Conference
15 – 17 April 2012

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Patient centred health care teams:
Achieving collaboration, communication and care.

The Conference explored how healthcare organisations and professions can work towards achieving patient-centred healthcare. A broad range of contributions were received, including those addressing themes of teamwork, networks, communication, collaboration and care.


Kathleen Montgomery
Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of California, Riverside & Honorary Associate at the Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney

Mike Nolan
Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Sheffield

Topics considered at the conference;
• Patient-focused healthcare (patient-centred care, patient engagement, patient stories, patient perspectives, patient choice, patient safety, patient-led initiatives)
• Teamworking (teams, roles, routines, composition)
• Coordination and inter-dependence (inter-professional networks, inter-organisational networks, inter-sectoral networks, relational coordination, research teams, clinical governance, integrating structures and roles)
• Coordination through management processes (managing demand, lean and operations management, patient pathways, change management, human resource management)
• Communication (communication and decision-making, cross-cultural communication, inter-professional communication, patient communication strategies)

Previous conferences with associated publications have been held at:

University of Birmingham, U.K. 2010

The book from this conference is entitled-

Dickinson, H. & Mannion, R. (2011) The Reform of Healthcare-Shaping, adapting and resisting policy developments, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 2008

The book from this conference is entitled-

Braithwaite, J.; Hyde, P. and Pope, C. (2010) Culture & Climate: cracking the code, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Plus we produced two special edition journals.

Aberdeen University, Scotland, 2006

The book from this conference is entitled-

McKee, L.; Ferlie, E. and Hyde, P. (2008) Organizing and Reorganizing: Power and Change in Health Care Organizations, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Fitzgerald, L.; Mark, A. L. & McKee, L. (2007) Guest Editors for a double special edition on Power and People in the Journal of Health Organization and Management.21(4/5) 353-357.