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date: 22 April 2019

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Health care systems are both highly institutionalized and highly professionalized. We suggest that both characteristics should be considered to understand the underlying power dynamics and how organizational change can occur. Although these characteristics have mostly been considered separately, we identify three ways they are being brought together and show how each reveals different underlying power dynamics that in turn suggest different explanations of organizational change. To conclude, we set out three avenues for future research that will continue to advance our knowledge of change in health care.

Keywords: institutionalization, professionalization, health care professions, institutional change, power dynamics

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