Clinical managers' identity at the crossroad of multiple institutional logics in IT innovation: the case study of a healthcare organisation in England

Roberta Bernardi, Mark Exworthy

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Abstract

Clinical managers play a crucial role in securing the implementation and sustainability of IT innovation in healthcare. Yet, not all clinical managers are willing and able to support IT innovation, particularly when the institutional logics of an IT innovation challenge their professional practice. We investigate how clinical managers use their hybrid identities to reconcile differences among competing institutional logics that affect IT innovation. Based on three examples of IT innovation (telehealth for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, telehealth for Heart Failure, and Electrocardiograms) in a healthcare organisation in England, we identify three roles in IT innovation (innovation advocate, innovation broker, innovation laggard) that clinical managers enacted in response to three degrees of conflict between institutional logics (no conflict, moderate conflict, and high conflict), respectively. We make the following contributions. First, we demonstrate how clinical managers’ perception of their hybrid role in relation to their professional identity influences their response to the conflicting institutional demands of IT innovation. We conclude that clinical managers’ fragmented identities can compromise their ability to effectively manage IT innovation in healthcare. Second, our findings raise implications for understanding the role of professionals’ hybrid identities in the implementation of digital transformation at the intersection of multiple institutional logics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-595
Number of pages30
JournalInformation Systems Journal
Volume30
Issue number3
Early online date3 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Structured keywords

  • Digital Societies
  • Health Science and Technology
  • MGMT Public Management
  • MGMT Innovation Studies and Technology

Keywords

  • IT innovation
  • health care
  • institutional logics
  • professional identities
  • telehealth

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