Implementing Coordinated Care Networks: The Interplay of Individual and Distributed Leadership Practices Journal Articles uri icon

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  • How does leadership emerge and function when multiple health care organizations come together to form a network? In this qualitative comparative case study, we draw on distributed leadership theory to examine the leadership practices that manifested during the implementation of three coordinated care networks. Thirty leaders and care providers participated in semistructured interviews. Interview data were inductively analyzed using thematic analysis. Although established in response to the same policy initiative, each case differed in its leadership approach and implementation strategy. We found that manifestation of distributed leadership was contingent on the presence of an individual leader who acted as a unifying force across their respective network. Our findings suggest that policies to encourage the development of interorganizational networks should include sufficient resources to support an individual leader who enables distributed leadership.


  • Gutberg, Jennifer
  • Evans, Jenna
  • Khan, Sobia
  • Abdelhalim, Reham
  • Wodchis, Walter P
  • Grudniewicz, Agnes

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  • October 2022