Join us for the Joint Seminar hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and the Institute for Health Policy and Organisation (IHPO), with guest speaker Professor Emily Barman, Loyola University Chicago.
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A Healthy Bottom Line: How Market-Based Innovation Shapes the Pursuit of Health Equity
This paper examines the recent embrace of market-based innovation to pursue health equity, as a much-championed alternative to the traditional work of public and nonprofit organizations to achieve this end. Engaging with literature on social enterprises, I trace out the impact of this turn on the scale and scope of healthcare provision by examining the growth of “health enterprises” as a novel organizational form. “Health enterprises” are hybrid entities that are committed to the sale of products or services to improve access to, the quality of, or the cost of healthcare for disadvantaged populations, while also making a profit. Drawing from qualitative methods, this paper employs an organizational life course approach to identify the conditions and challenges that determine the transformative potential of health enterprises to address health equity while also achieving financial sustainability and scalability.
Emily Barman is a Professor of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. Her scholarship draws from organizational theory and economic sociology to study the social organization of altruism and philanthropy. She has written multiple articles on this topic, published in American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, and Social Forces, among others, as well as publishing several award-winning books, including Caring Capitalism: The Meaning and Measure of Social Value (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Contesting Communities: The Transformation of Workplace Charity (Stanford University Press, 2006). Emily’s current research traces out how marketization impacts the scope and scale of organized efforts to pursue health equity.
The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, building on a 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester. Our studies examine the impact of economic factors, management and policy on innovation and science, while we work closely with stakeholders in policy, industry and the third sector.
Institute for Health Policy and Organisation (IHPO) brings together groups of active and successful researchers whose work focuses upon the organisation, management, delivery and governance of health and social care services in Faculty of Biology, Medicines and Health (FBMH) and Faculty of Humanities (FoH).