I did two presentations, and one full paper at the Health Informatics Australia conference season in Canberra in August 2009. I've been spending some working on how to analyze my 58 interviews, and these three outputs reflect the way I've been thinking about it to date.
The full paper is about how we can use complex adaptive systems to understand organisational change. There's a decent sized literature on this, and my paper relates how we can use this to understand change processes in aged care facilities. I'm very happy to say that the paper won a highly commented student paper award at the conference (there were two awards for this, and my colleague Ning Wang from the same lab won the other commendation award!). You can download a pdf of the full paper on complex adaptive systems as a model for assessing organisational change of the introduction of health information systems, and a slidecast of the actual presentation is below:
The first of the presentations shows some metodology I've developed to visualise sociological data through concept maps, using existing sociological theories as a basis (post-modern developments of grounded theory - Situational Analysis and Institutional Ethnography). There's no paper associated with this one, but you can read see the slides below (but no audio this time):
All of this seems to be working out quite well. I talked to some people interested in health simulation modeling, and social network theory, as applied to health IT, and the emphasis on fairly hard to assess dynamics makes me think I'm on the right track, at least to an extent. This was especially so as my initial contact with the health simulation guy was after I'd presented my sociological methods, and the social network theory discussion was due to a chance encounter over an early lunch.
The second of the presentations outlines the preliminary results from the analytic framework I'm developing. This is very underdeveloped at the moment, so I'm not going to put it up here.