This paper describes an exploratory study of networked organisations in the health care sector. Based on a review of literature on networked organisations, a theoretical framework is developed and applied to three case studies. The results indicate that networked organisations in health care services are mainly driven by socio-economic and organisational conditions, in which information and communication technology plays an increasingly important facilitative role. Furthermore, the case findings indicate that networked organisations in health care develop through different phases: from pilot practices to institutionalisation. Lessons are drawn from the case studies for practice and the applicability of the theoretical framework.
Peterson, Ryan R.; Smits, Martin; and Spanjers, Ronald, "Exploring IT Enabled Networked Organizations in Health Care: Emerging Practices and Phrases of Development" (2000). ECIS 2000 Proceedings. 126.