Knowledge networks in communities of practice: the impact of social capital on innovation diffusion

Research project funded by Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (Italian Ministry of University and Research) under the PRIN 2007 programme

Duration: September 2008 – September 2010

Research aims

The project aims to analyzing the knowledge exchange networks and the diffusion of innovation in the paediatric professional communities. In particular, the main goals are: (i) testing social network theories on the exchange of knowledge and advices within professional communities, (ii) developing a theoretical model of the occurrence of knowledge exchange networks in paediatric care and their impact on the professional practice as well as on the diffusion of innovation; (iii) producing recommendations about the organisational models for the integration of primary care and hospital paediatricians through the assessment of knowledge integration and innovation diffusion results.

Partners

Luiss Business School, Area PA e Sanità (Prof. Franco Fontana): coordinator

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Facoltà di Economia di Roma (Prof. Americo Cicchetti): partner

Università degli Studi di Bologna, Facoltà di Medicina (Prof.ssa Maria Pia Fantini): partner

Results

Mascia, D., Dandi, R., Di Vincenzo, F. (2014). Professional Networks and EBM Use: A Study of Inter-physician Interaction Across Levels of Care. Health Policy 118 (1): 24-36

Huerta, T.R. and Dandi, R. (2014). Social Network Analysis and the Integration of Care: Theory and Method. In Mick, S.S., and Shay, P. D., Editors, Advances in Health Care Organization Theory, 2nd Edition, (pp. 229-258), Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers

Dandi, R., D’Alise, C., Mascia, D. (2013). Network professionali e uso delle linee guida: il caso della pediatria di libera scelta. Mecosan, 87: 9-28

Dandi, R., Mascia, D., D’Alise, C. (2013). Pediatrician networks and evidence-based medicine. Proceedings of WOA 2013 Organizing in Turbolent Times: The Challenges Ahead, ISBN 978-88-6787-055-4

Mascia, D., Dandi, R., Di Vincenzo, F. (2013). Inter-physician interaction across levels of care and EBM adoption in pediatric care. Presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management – Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL (USA) – August 9-13

Mascia, D., Dandi, R., Di Vincenzo, F. (2013). Innovating Healthcare by Crossing Boundaries: Implementing Evidence-Based Medicine Across Levels of Care. Presented at the 29th EGOS Colloquium “Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews“, Montréal, Canada, July 4–6

Mascia, D., Dandi, R., Di Vincenzo, F. (2012). Professional networks and EBM adoption in pediatric care: Exploring the impact of inter-physician interaction across levels of care. Accepted abstract at AIES 2012 XVII Convegno Nazionale dell’ Associazione Italiana di Economia Sanitaria, Rome, November 15-16.

Dandi, R. & Mascia, D. (2011). Regional Differences in Paediatric Care Networks. Presented at the AIES Annual Conference, Rimini, Italy, Sept. 29-30 2011[slides]

Brunetta, F., & Dandi, R. (2010). Communities of Clinical Practice: Knowledge Exchange in Paediatric Communities. Paper presented at the 26th EGOS Colloquium, Lisbon (Portugal) June 30-July 3, 2010 [abstract]

Fontana, F., Cicchetti, A., Fantini, M.P., Dandi, R., Mascia, D. & Dall’Osso, T. (2010). Primary Care Integration: the Case of Advice Networks among Pediatricians. Paper presented at the XXX SUNBELT Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy, June 29-July 4, 2010 [abstract] [slides]

Dandi, R., Cicchetti, A., Fantini, M.P., Mascia, D. & Mattia, S. (2010). Integrating Knowledge in Paediatric Care. Paper presented at the 6th UK Social Networks Conference, Manchester April 14-16, 2010 [abstract] [slides]

Mascia D., Cicchetti A. & Fantini M.P., (2009). Birds of a feather… use the same knowledge. An empirical study of physicians’ collaborative relations and utilization of evidence-based knowledge. Paper presented at the XXIX SUNBELT Conference, San Diego, March 10 – 14, 2009

Cicchetti, A. & Mascia, D. (2009). Social Capital e Innovazione: Network Professionali e utilizzo di conoscenze Evidence-Based”, Paper presentato al 32° Convegno AIDEA, 24-25 Settembre 2009.

Mascia, D. (2009). Organizzare le reti in sanità: Teoria, metodi e strumenti di social network analysis. Roma: Franco Angeli

Events

Workshop: Knowledge Networks in Primary Care (Network di conoscenze nell’assistenza primaria). November 12th 2010, LUISS Business School, viale Pola 12, Roma.

Workshop: Primary Care from Isolation to Network (Le cure primarie dall’isolamento alla rete). June 11th 2009, LUISS Business School, viale Pola 12, Roma.

Press release

Dandi, R. & Mascia D. Le linee guida funzionano se c’è collaborazione (Clinical guidelines work through networks). Sole 24 Ore Sanità, November 2, 2010

Contacts

Dr. Roberto Dandi: +39 0685222356, rdandi@luiss.it