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Knowledge sharing in a physician practice group: an exploratory case study

Knowledge sharing in a physician practice group: an exploratory case study Existing research on physician knowledge sharing has been predominantly focused on functional collaboration across different medical specialties. This study represents an early effort to analyse empirically how peer physicians in the same practice group collaborate horizontally with each other to share clinical knowledge and improve care quality. Based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, and through semi-structured interviews to eight physicians of an anaesthesia practice group in a community hospital, this study indicates that when physicians have developed positive attitudes towards knowledge sharing, have received external encouragement from `important others' and have received necessary infrastructural support, they appear to engage actively in knowledge sharing behaviours. Additional managerial recommendations on how to operationalise the research findings and encourage knowledge sharing are also discussed in the paper. Keywords: behaviour change; case study; community hospital; knowledge sharing; physician collaboration. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Li, Y. and Lowe, J. (2016) `: an exploratory case study', Int. J. Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 7, Nos. 1/2, pp.87­101. Biographical notes: Dr. Yulong Li is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Simmons School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts. His main research interests are inter-organisational knowledge sharing and transfer, technology implementation, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies Inderscience Publishers

Knowledge sharing in a physician practice group: an exploratory case study

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1743-8268
eISSN
1743-8276
DOI
10.1504/IJKMS.2016.080233
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Abstract

Existing research on physician knowledge sharing has been predominantly focused on functional collaboration across different medical specialties. This study represents an early effort to analyse empirically how peer physicians in the same practice group collaborate horizontally with each other to share clinical knowledge and improve care quality. Based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, and through semi-structured interviews to eight physicians of an anaesthesia practice group in a community hospital, this study indicates that when physicians have developed positive attitudes towards knowledge sharing, have received external encouragement from `important others' and have received necessary infrastructural support, they appear to engage actively in knowledge sharing behaviours. Additional managerial recommendations on how to operationalise the research findings and encourage knowledge sharing are also discussed in the paper. Keywords: behaviour change; case study; community hospital; knowledge sharing; physician collaboration. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Li, Y. and Lowe, J. (2016) `: an exploratory case study', Int. J. Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 7, Nos. 1/2, pp.87­101. Biographical notes: Dr. Yulong Li is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Simmons School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts. His main research interests are inter-organisational knowledge sharing and transfer, technology implementation,

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International Journal of Knowledge Management StudiesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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