The Nursing Network call series takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Facilitated by Carol Geary, it features conversations to explore the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and other topics. All are welcome.
Nursing Network Call
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 1-2pm ET
Guest: Mary Uhl-Bien, Ph.D.
Complexity Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (pptx)
Complexity Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (pdf)
Mary Uhl-Bien is Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She began studying complexity issues in leadership in 2001 when she was introduced to Russ Marion’s book The Edge of Organization (Sage Publications). She spent the next decade working with Russ to develop a theory of complexity leadership. In 2007 they published a theoretical framework for their approach in The Leadership Quarterly, and in 2008 they produced an edited book to identify the conceptual foundations for this approach (Uhl-Bien and Marion, Complexity Leadership Part I, Conceptual Foundations, Information Age Publishers). Since then, they have been engaged in an extensive program of empirical research to gather empirical evidence and validation for the model.
In this call Mary will talk about findings from a study sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton on leadership and adaptability in the healthcare industry. Using a complexity lens and a qualitative approach, Mary and her colleagues at the University of Nebraska Leadership Institute conducted 195 interviews over a year and a half period in six hospitals around the country to gather information regarding leadership processes in the context of a strategic initiative. Analyses show that despite the importance of responding to complexity with complexity, only 2 of the 6 hospitals engaged in leadership styles appropriate to a complex response. The other 4 hospitals responded using traditional "ordered” approaches. These findings, and their specific implications for nurses, will be discussed.
Join Mary to find out more about complexity leadership and its application in healthcare organizations. You will learn how, through a delicate dance of administrative leadership, generative leadership and adaptive leadership, healthcare leaders can help enable complex responses that channel energy and emergence in organizations.