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Dr Simon Bishop

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BSc (Hons) (University of East Anglia), Mres (The University of Nottingham (NUBS UK)), PhD (The University of Nottingham (NUBS UK)), PGCHE (The University of Nottingham)
Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Centre/Institute: Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466060
Location: B02 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

I am a Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Director of the Executive MBA Healthcare. My research is primarily focused on issues of public policy organisational change in healthcare and other public service organisations. I have conducted several studies on new types of healthcare organisations and services, such as Independent Sector Treatment Centres, integrated care providers and knowledge translations organisations. An important theme of my research is the relationships between organisations - for example partnerships, supply and commissioning arrangements - and how this affects organisational management, work and employment.

I am part of the management group of the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL) and lead on the groups teaching development activities.

Areas of Expertise
Health Services Management; Health Services Policy; Public-Private Partnerships; Public Sector HRM; Knowledge Management; Social Network Analysis.

My research interests are in organizations, management and employment in healthcare and across the public sector. In my research I have tried to join the dots between public policy, organisational arrangements and features of everyday organsiational life. Theoretically, I am keen to consider changing societal level institutions and how these relate to individual and group identities as well as interpersonal interactions and relationships.

Simon is currently leading on the following projects:

  • Stage 2 - The BLAST OFF (Bisphosphonate aLternAtive regimenS for the prevenTion of Osteoporotic Fragility Fractures) Study

Simon is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • Healthcare Leadership with Political Astuteness (HeLPA):

Simon is currently supervising the following Research Students:

David Pinnock
Gordon Dugle
Nguyen Anh Thoai Le
Priyanka Vedi

Older Publications

Older Publications

Journal Articles

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2013), "McDonaldization or commerical re-stratification: corporatization and the multimodal organisation of English doctors", Social Science and Medicine, Vol.82, pp. 147-55.

Waring, J.; Currie, G.; Bishop, S. (2013), "A contingent approach to the organization and management of public private partnerships: a empirical study of English health care.", Public Administration Review, Vol.73 (2), pp. 313-326.

Waring, J.; Currie, G.; Crompton, A.; Bishop, S. (2013), "An exploratory study of knowledge brokering in hospital settings: facilitating the exhange of knowledge for patiant satety?", Social Science and Medicine, Vol.98, pp. 79-86, DOI: 10.1016/j.socsimed.2013.08.037.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2012), "Discovering Healthcare Professional - Practice Networks the Added Value of Qualitative SNA", Qualitative Research in Organization and Management, Vol.7 (3), pp. 308-322.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2012), "Going Private: Clinicians experience of working in UK independent sector treatment centres", Health Policy, Vol.104 (2), pp. 172-178.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2011), "Inconsistencies in healthcare professional work: employment in Independent Sector Treatment Centres", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol.25 (3), pp. 315-332.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2011), "Healthcare identities at the crossroads of swervice modernisation: the transfer of NHS clinicians to the independent sector?", Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol.33 (5), pp. 661-676.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2010), "Lean Healthcare: rhetoric, ritual, resistance", Social Science and Medicine, Vol.71 (7), pp 1332-40..

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2010), "Watercooler learning: knowledge sharing at the clinical backstage and its contribution to patient safety", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol.24 (4), pp. 325-342.

Chapters in Books

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2011), "Social Networks in Theatre Departments and the Contribution to Patient Safety", in Patient safety: Social and Cultural Perspectives Ashgate..


Bishop, S.; Waring, J. 2010, "Hybridity, liminality, morphology: professional identities in public-private partnerships", at ISA Gothernburg' ISA Gothenburg.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. 2010, "Professional Maintenance Verses Contract Compliance: A comparative case study of Employment Management in Independent Sector Treatment Centre's OBHC Birmingham".

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. 2010, "Employment in Independent Sector Treatment Centres: contract compliance versus professional maintenance. Mind the Gap?", in Organisational Behaviour in Health Care Conference, Birmingham..

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. 2010, "Remaking healthcare identities: ontological insecurities and reflexive narratives in the processes of healthcare reform", at 17th International Sociological Association World Congress, Goteborg, Sweden.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. 2010, "Lean Healthcare: rhetoric, ritual, resistance. Mind the Gap?", in Medical Sociology Conference, Durham..

Bishop, S.; Wilson, J. 2009, "Management Fashions and Management Consultants", at BHC/ECBH Milan.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. 2009, "Innovations in knowledge sharing and learning? A comparative study of NHS Independent Sector Treatment Centre service providers", at Dilemmas for Human Services.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. 2009, "Professional identities at the crossroads of healthcare modernisation: the transition from public to independent sectors", at Medical Sociology Annual Conference.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. 2009, "Knowledge Sharing and Learning in Public-Private Partnerships: Evidence from UK Independent Sector Treatment Centres", at EGOC Barcelona.

Wilson, J.; Bishop, S. 2009, "Management Knowledge and Corporate Performance: A Historical Case Study", at EURAM Liverpool.

Bishop, S. 2008, "The Consumption of Management Consulting: Evidence from the Case of Trebor", at EGOS Amsterdam.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Melo, S;Bishop, S,, (2020), "Translating healthcare research evidence into practice: the role of linked boundary objects", Social Science and Medicine, forthcoming 2020.

Walsh, D; Spiby, H, McCourt, C; Grigg, C; Coleby, D; Bishop, S; Scanlon, M; Culley, L; Wilkinson, J; Pacanowski, L; Thornton, J. (2020), "Factors influencing the utilisation of free-standing and alongside midwifery units in England: A Qualitative Research Study", BMJ Open.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2019), "From boundary object to boundary subject; the role of the patient in coordination across complex systems of care during hospital discharge", Social Science and Medicine, forthcoming 2019.

Go Jefferies, J; Bishop, S; Hibbert, S. (2019), "Customer boundary work to navigate institutional arrangements around service interactions: Exploring the case of telehealth", Journal of Business Research.

Rayment, J; McCourt, C; Scanlon, M; Culley, L; Spiby, H; Bishop, S; Avila De Lima, L. (2019), "An analysis of media reporting on the closure of freestanding midwifery units in England", Women and Birth, forthcoming 2019.

Waring, J; Bishop, S, (2019), "Health States of Exception: the (inadvertent) production of 'bare life' and unsafe 'non-care' in complex care transitions.", Sociology of Health and Illness.

Waring, J; Bishop, S; Marshall, F; Tyler, N; Vickers, R. (2019), "An ethnographic study comparing approaches to inter-professional knowledge sharing and learning in discharge planning and care transitions", Journal of Health Organization and Management, forthcoming 2019.

Jefferies, J; Bishop, S; Hibbert, S. (2018), "Service innovation through resource integration: an empirical examination of the co-created value using telehealth services", Public Policy and Administration, pp. 1-9.

Waring, J., Bishop, S., Clarke, J., Exworthy, M,. Fulop, N., Hartley, J. and Ramsay, A,, (2018), "Healthcare Leadership with Political Astuteness (HeLPA): a qualitative study of how service leaders understand and mediate the informal ?power and politics? of major health system change", BMC Health Services Research, forthcoming 2018.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2018), "Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian 'hybrid spaces' of public-private partnerships", Policy and Politics, Vol.46 (4), pp. 663-679.

Helen Spiby, Simon Bishop, Dawn Coleby, Lynne Pacanowski, Celia Grigg, Christine McCourt, Lorraine Culley, Sonia Byers, Miranda Dodwell, jim thornton,, (2017), "Mapping Midwifery and Obstetric Units in England", Midwifery, forthcoming 2017.

Padoveze, M. C.; Melo, S.; Bishop, S.;, Poveda, V.; Fortaleza, C. (2017), "Public policies on healthcare-associated infections: a Brazil and UK case study", Revista de Saude Publica, Vol.51, 119-125.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2016), "Becoming hybrid: The negotiated order on the front line of public-private partnerships", Human Relations, Vol.69 (10), pp. 1937-1958.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S.; Marshall, F. (2016), "A qualitative study of professional and carer perceptions of the threats to safe hospital discharge for stroke and hip fracture patients in the English National Health Servic", BMC Health Services Research, Vol.16, 296.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S.; Marshall, F.:, (2016), "A qualitative study of professional and carer perceptions of the threats to safe hospital discharge for stroke and hip fracture patients in the English National Health Service", BMC Health Services Research, Vol.16, 296.

waring, J.; Marshall, F. and Bishop, S. (2015), "Understanding the occupational and organizational boundaries to safe hospital discharge", Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, Vol.20 (1), pp. 35-44.

Chatzidakis, A.; Larsen, G.; Bishop, S. (2014), "'Farewell to Consumerism: Countervailing Logics of Growth in Consumption", Ephemera Theory and Politics in Organization, forthcoming 2014.

Chapters in Books

Long, J; Bishop, S, (2018), "Social Network Research", in Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, (1), Springer,.

Bishop, S.,; Waring, J, (2017), "The Knowledge Brokering Situations of Care Transitions", in Researching Quality in Care Transitions International Perspectives, (1), Palgrave Macmillan.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S.; Roe, B. (2017), "Network contra network: the gap between policy and practice in the organisation of major trauma care", in Decentring Health Policy Learning from British Experiences in Healthcare Governance, (1), 104-123, Routledge.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J. (2016), "Public private partnerships in healthcare", in Oxford Handbook in Healthcare Management, forthcoming 2016.

Bishop, S.; Waring, J.;, (2016), "Changing Forms of Organization and Implications for Managing Across Boundaries", in Labor and Employment Relations Association Research Volume, Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2016.

Waring, J.; Bishop, S. (2015), "George Ritzer - Rationalisation and Mcdonaldization of Surgery", in Collyer, F (ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine, Palgrave Publishing Co. Ltd, The.



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