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Methodology characteristics of a 'FM in healthcare' field study on risk management of Legionella in water systems

Leiblein, T, Tucker, MP and Hofer, S (2017) Methodology characteristics of a 'FM in healthcare' field study on risk management of Legionella in water systems. In: Academic and Research (A&R) Track: Conference Proceedings . (IFMA World Workplace Europe, 30 May 2017 - 01 June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden). (Unpublished)

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The aim of an ongoing research project is to systematically uncover the present situation of legionella prevention in water systems in selected health care (HC) organisations in different countries. It seeks to develop a ‘reference system’ guiding those responsible in HC organisations to identify, understand and properly take action for prevention. By considering stakeholder theory, business research methods, process and quality theory and corresponding definitions, a fundamental reference will be provided for operationalisation and specific analysis. The present paper aims at providing a fundament for the research methodology, which is then applied to the research project. It represents the theoretical foundation of the research project and is the guiding element for aligning activities to work towards the research output at the final stage of the project. The research project is driven by the perspectives of FM / FS and follows an exploratory mixed-methods design including several cases. As a synthesis of the theories and definitions proposed, the procedures for an exploratory instrument design mixed methods study was constructed and are presented. It is only through the empirically justified logic of an appropriate reference system that evidence-providing elements can be identified and described in a comprehensible manner. The reflection of processes, identification of process owners and the optimisation of certain areas which FM and FS serve is becoming more important than ever. With the final result of a framework at the end of the research project, FM and FS people responsible in HC organisations obtain a meaningful instrument. This can be used as a management tool and will be formed with respect to a process-oriented perspective, issuing an organisation’s protection goal of ‘infection prevention’. The framework could help those responsible to reflect on their missions throughout the organisation and adjust (strategic) planning where seen necessary.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 10:49
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:18
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16225
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