CFP: An Eternal Crisis in Health and Social Management – Time for Revolution?

The 10th International Conference in Critical Management Studies Edge Hill University, July 3–5, 2017

Abstracts of no more than 500 words are requested for papers in this stream. Abstracts should be emailed to Dr Will Thomas by 31 January 2017.

The aim of this stream is to enhance the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research in the field of health and social care management. The stream tempts researchers to re-imagine, re-think and re-shape the understanding of care organizations and management through critical orientation. We welcome discussions of challenges, innovations or insights that are particular to individual contexts or systems or those which apply more widely.

The paradoxical problems of managing health and social care challenge scholars to investigate and call into question the conventional research practices of the domain (Barry & Hansen 2008; Alvesson & Sköldberg 2009). Critical insights and innovative research methods must be developed in order to be able to define and solve these problems in collaboration with political actors and practitioners. We claim that conventional evidence-based thinking drawing on the rationality can benefit from the application of critical, art-related and other multidisciplinary insights.

We welcome theoretical, methodological or empirical papers calling into question the conventional wisdom in health and social care. Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

  • integration of health and social services
  • multiprofessional and inter-organizational collaboration
  • unbalanced power positions and relationships between managers and workers
  • the political and ethical implications of new forms of organizing (e.g. co-production and social enterprise)
  • the change in the position of clients ‘from patients to consumer citizens’, patient-centredness
  • volunteers and other informal carers as active partners of official care systems
  • material and aesthetic aspects of healthcare management
  • historical breakthroughs in the field of care

Stream conveners:
Dr Sanna Laulainen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Dr Will Thomas, University of Suffolk, UK
Dr Anneli Hujala University of Eastern Finland, Finland


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