Contract failure and secrecy
  • Room C1, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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The first theme of this seminar is the fragmentation of accountabilities within the NHS and the contribution this makes to contracting failures. 

This is illustrated with an example of a failed prison health care contract involving several NHS organisations and the Department of Health (Sheaff, 2016). The scale of NHS contracting to external providers heightens public interest in this issue, prompting the second theme which considers the concealment of failure. 

Dr Mike Sheaff originally raised concerns about the contract as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, and having met obstacles and resistance, reflects upon the transition from the role of participant to researcher. This experience is considered in the context of literature on the ‘dark side’ of organisations (e.g. Linstead et al, 2014).

This seminar is organised by the iSPER People, Organisations and Work (POW) research group and is aimed at Plymouth University academic staff and postgraduate research students.

Booking is not required but please contact Richard Saundry for more information.

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