Managing people in networked organisations: Identifying the challenges for health and social care
At a time when Government policy is to promote a step-change expansion in the involvement of multiple providers of health and social care, it is essential that we learn the lessons from existing research on the challenges of managing employment within networks of organisations.
This report summarises the key issues for managing people in networks with the goal of setting out clear lessons for practitioners and policymakers.
Network structures pose particular challenges that need to be recognised. These arise first from the need to establish trusting, collaborative relationships among partner organisations. Where organisations have different priorities and policy objectives, such relationships may be difficult to forge.
Secondly, within a network, it may be unclear which employer has responsibility for managing employment and staff development, including opportunities for skill development and career planning and progression. No single employer may be able or willing to take full responsibility, leaving employees facing inconsistency and uncertainty in the rules governing their employment.
The report concludes by identifying key lessons for those with responsibilities for policymaking and management practice.