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2019 Conference at The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(Enter from Walnut Street or Locust Walk)

​Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor, Harker Hall

Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Huntsman Hall, Room 265

Continental Breakfast
Food available in Huntsman Hall, Room 270
Conference Welcome by Lawton Robert Burns and Ingrid Nembhard,
OTHC 2019 Co-Chairs 
Remarks by Michael Gibbons, Deputy Dean of The Wharton School

Opening Plenary: Moving Organizational Theory in Health Care Forward
with Panelists

  • Ann Barry Flood, Dartmouth College
  • John Kimberly, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Anthony Kovner, New York University
  • Stephen Shortell, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jacqueline Zinn, Temple University 
  • Moderator: Ingrid Nembhard, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania ​

Description: This plenary will give attendees the opportunity to hear from senior members of the health care management community, and how they think about organizational behavior and theory, changes that they have observed, and research gaps that they see. This will likely be the last time to hear from them in a forum like this. We intend for attendees to engage with the panel and each other about remarks, and ways for moving organizational theory in health care forward,


Paper Presentation: How Overlapping Innovations Challenge Organizations
Presenter: Paola Boscolo, Bocconi University
Discussant: Sarah Birken, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Paper Presentation: Teams Designed for Success: Incorporating a Relational Perspective in Team Design Theories
Presenter: Xi Zhu, University of Iowa
Discussant: Hector Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley 

Lunch with Interest Group
Food available in Room 270, Seating at campus locations

Interest Groups: 

  1. Strategic alliances and alignment, including ACOs and health systems
  2. Coordination and teamwork in organizations
  3. Patient care experiences
  4. Professionals’ work experiences
  5. Innovation ecosystems
  6. Learning and implementation 


Paper Presentation: Anticipatory Thinking and Information Searching: Proactive Management of Threats to Patient Safety in Primary Care
Presenter: Alden Lai, Johns Hopkins University
Discussant: Cheryl Rathert, Virginia Commonwealth University

(3:20-3:40 presentations; 3:45-4:30 poster walk)

Poster Presentations and Discussion
Description: Each poster presenter will have two minutes to introduce his or her poster to the entire group, using a maximum of one slide. The group will then disburse for more detailed review and discussion of posters/ research of interest. 

Posters on Implementation and Organizations

  • Implementation Research and Use of Organizational Constructs: A Scoping Literature Review
  • The Development of the Organization Theory for Implementation Science (OTIS) Framework
  • Integrating Organization Theory and Implementation Science in Research on Learning Health Care Systems

Posters on Accountable Care and Transforming Care

  • Reimagination and the Upward Spiral of Performance in an Alliance
  • Value Analysis of Complex Care Management Work Processes in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations
  • The Influence of Organizational Readiness to Change on Primary Care Practices’ Engagement in Practice Transformation Efforts for Quality Improvement

Posters on Care Delivery

  • Coordinating Cancer Pain Management in a Patient Centered Medical Home
  • Continuity of Care and Health Care Cost among Community-Dwelling Older Adult Veterans Living with Dementia​
  • Institutional Logics of Kaizen Implementation in a Post-Socialist State: The Case of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation

Open Time for Meetings and Sightseeing

Dinner at White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Huntsman Hall, Room 265

Continental Breakfast
Food available in Huntsman Hall, Room 270 

Paper Presentation: A Bridge over Troubled Water: The Informal Organization and Alliance Stability
Presenter: Genevra Murray, Dartmouth University
Discussant: Ann Scheck McAlearney, The Ohio State University 

Morning Plenary: When Wharton Management Researchers Study Health Care with Panelists

  • Matthew Grennan, Health Care Management Department
  • Stephanie Creary, Management Department
  • Rahul Kapoor, Management Department
  • Hummy Song, Operations, Information and Decisions Department
  • ​Moderator: Tim Vogus, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management

Description: This plenary will give attendees the chance to hear how general management researchers at Wharton think about and approach the study of health care organizations and professionals. This panel features scholars who study compassion, identity and diversity, innovation, governance and coordination, and operations management.


Paper Presentation: Implementing the Surgical Safety Checklist: Changes in Management Practice Associate with Changes in Safety Culture in a Nation-Wide Study
Presenter: Maike Tietschert, Stanford University
Discussant: Martin Charns, Boston University 

Lunch pick-up from Huntsman Hall, Room 270

Lunch Plenary: What Organizations Need Us to Research and How to Partner with Them with Panelists:

  • Mary Naylor, Ph.D., RN, Professor, Penn School of Nursing
  • Srinath Adusumalli, MD, Msc, Assistant Professor, Penn School of Medicine
  • Roy Rosin, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine
  • Kevin Mahoney, MBA, Executive Vice-President and Incoming CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Moderator: Rob Burns, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Description: Many of us want our research to contribute to organizational theory and improvement in health care delivery. For the latter, it can help to know what organizations and their leaders would like more information about from us, and how we can best partner with them to improve theory and practice. Penn Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) have a history of inviting researchers to study and innovate their organizational practices. In this plenary, leaders of both groups will highlight issues at the forefront of their minds. Researchers who have collaborated with them to address some of these issues will reflect on their experience and findings.

Conference reflection and de-brief
led by Ingrid Nembhard and Robert Burns