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Purpose – To explore the issues surrounding the falling rates of MMR vaccination following the publication of a controversial study by Wakefield et al. Design/methodology/approach – In order to take a fresh look at the MMR crisis, the Greek tragedy, Antigone , was used as a “strong plot”...
Purpose – A recurring theme in Government policy documents has been the need to change the culture of the NHS in order to deliver a service “fit for the twenty‐first century”. However, very little is said about what constitutes “culture” or how this culture change is to be brought...
Purpose – This paper seeks to explore a critique of the limitations of mainstream leadership research and publications and offers a critical management analysis through drawing on a feminist reading of leadership in organizations. Design/methodology/approach – There has recently been...
Purpose – The primary purpose of this paper is to critically explore managers' experience of work identity in the National Health Service (NHS). Design/methodology/approach – This paper is unconventional in that it uses an auto‐ethnographic approach and poetry as the empirical data from...
Purpose – Mainstream health economics labours under a misleading understanding of the nature of the topic area and suffers from a concomitant poverty of thinking about theory and method. The purpose here is to explore this critical position and argue that health economics should aspire to being...
Purpose – Received wisdom about management and leadership in health care takes it for granted that better management is, by definition, a good thing. Aims to raise some doubts about this received wisdom and suggest that perhaps better management may be unconditionally “better” for only a...
Purpose – It is commonplace to talk of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) as having its inception in 1948 in an Act of Parliament which brought together many hundreds of widely dispersed organisations into one, new organisation, “the” NHS. This paper aims to challenge the concept of...
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