Title: A theoretical framework of entrepreneurship and innovation in healthcare organisations

Authors: Vanessa Ratten

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Graduate School of Business, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria 3125, Australia

Abstract: This paper examines the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in the context of healthcare management by offering a number of research propositions. In recent years, hospitals have attracted ever growing commentary about rising costs and the need for improving information technology systems. Whilst there have been some service innovations introduced from other industries, particularly the manufacturing industry, there have been few service innovations originating from the healthcare sector. In the healthcare sector, there are a number of service innovations, which are discussed in this paper in terms of their relevance to managerial roles of hospital staff members. In addition, this paper examines the role of entrepreneurial managers in determining innovative technology behaviour in healthcare organisations. Literature from innovation management, corporate intrapreneurship and healthcare management is used to explain the findings of this paper and future areas of research are also proposed.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; healthcare management; hospitals; industry leadership; managerial roles; service innovation; innovation management; corporate intrapreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSEI.2012.047627

International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2012 Vol.1 No.3, pp.223 - 238

Published online: 05 Jul 2012 *

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