Deutero-learning: implications for managing public health change

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Rowe, Patricia A. and Boyce, Rosalie A.. 2009. "Deutero-learning: implications for managing public health change." The Learning Organization: the international journal of knowledge and organizational learning management. 16 (4), pp. 298-310. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470910960392
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Deutero-learning: implications for managing public health change

ERA Journal ID35900
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsRowe, Patricia A. (Author) and Boyce, Rosalie A. (Author)
Journal TitleThe Learning Organization: the international journal of knowledge and organizational learning management
Journal Citation16 (4), pp. 298-310
Number of Pages13
Year2009
Place of PublicationBingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
ISSN0969-6474
1758-7905
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470910960392
Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to apply an allied health subculture model to clarify key contextual factors that can emerge in the evolution of an allied health subculture as a consequence of deutero-learning. Design/methodology/approach: Two case studies are compared to illustrate these two extreme variations in deutero-learning.
Findings: The first case - characterised by pathological deutero-learning - operated within the classical medical model. A learning pathology that developed in this situation was a fractured, divisive, self absorbed work culture. A second case - characterised by positive deutero-learning - operated within a divisional structure characterized by integrated decentralization. What was learned as a result of operating within this alternative organisational structure is that effective management of allied health recognizes two governance arenas: governance required for managing professionals and governing principles for delivering clinical services. Positive deutero-learning occurred in this situation rather than the reinforcement of existing learning pathologies. Research limitations/implications: There are clearly implications of the two structural models for self-fulfilling prophecies, interpersonal interaction, climate formation and learning pathologies.
Practical implications: During a period of major reform differing outcomes in deutero-learning in these two cases emphasize the importance of the evolution of appropriate organisational structures in developing a leadership-driven learning process and creating an environment in which learning can occur.
Originality/value: The added value of this application of deuteron learning is that it unpacks the nature of variations in deutoro learning that can emerge during a period of major reform in the evolution of an allied health subculture.

Keywordschange management; health services; hospitals; learning processes; organizational restructuring
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
420306. Health care administration
350503. Human resources management
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