This article focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovations in clinical practice. The authors are specifically interested in underresearched questions concerning the latter stages of the creation, diffusion, and adoption of new knowledge, namely: What makes this information credible and therefore utilized? Why do actors decide to use new knowledge? And what is the significance of the social context of which actors are a part?
Sue Dopson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., is University Lecturer, Saïd Business School and Fellow in Organisational Behaviour, Templeton College, University of Oxford, U.K.
Louise FitzGerald, Ph.D., B.A. (Econ.) Hons., M.I.P.M., is Professor of Human Resource Development, Department of HRM; School of Business & Law, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.
Ewan Ferlie, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D., is Professor of Public Services Management, Imperial College Management School, London, U.K.
John Gabbay, F.F.PH.M., M.Sc., M.B. Ch.B., is Professor of Public Health, Community Clinical Sciences Division, School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Louise Locock, Ph.D., is Research Fellow, HSMC, University of Birmingham.