Organizing for Sustainable Health Care

Emerald Group Publishing
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Healthcare is currently not sustainable. Healthcare systems in the developed world are encountering increased demand for high quality healthcare but facing societal resource limits. The volume explores the change capabilities and learning mechanisms that healthcare systems need in order to implement fundamental change to improve over time.
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Publisher
Emerald Group Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
258
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ISBN
9781781900321
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Organizational Behavior
Business & Economics / Organizational Development
Business & Economics / Structural Adjustment
Medical / Health Care Delivery
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Completely Updated and Revised

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In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.

The updated and revised Currency edition of this business classic contains over one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies like BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, Saudi Aramco, and organizations like Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank. It features a new Foreword about the success Peter Senge has achieved with learning organizations since the book’s inception, as well as new chapters on Impetus (getting started), Strategies, Leaders’ New Work, Systems Citizens, and Frontiers for the Future.

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• Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
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