Department of Education

Issac Lim

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: Wolfson College

Issac is a transdisciplinary social scientist with advanced training in education, organizational behavior, and sociology.

He is conversant with conceptual and methodological tools from diverse epistemologies and deploys them to solve theoretical and practical puzzles. His main research interests are at the intersection of organizational behavior, health care management, and complexity science.

He is curious how organizations can mobilize expertise in diverse teams to improve the quality of team decision making. His dissertation is concerned with understanding the complexities of the phenomenon of providing care for individuals with chronic conditions in interprofessional teams, as well as receiving care as an individual with chronic conditions. He uses concepts in complexity science, sociology, education, and organizational behavior to uncover the mechanisms of how organizations can harness the diverse expertise in teams. Using ethnography and social network analysis as his main tools, he examines the evolution of team structures as they tackle complex problems.

Previously, he completed graduate work at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University where he received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship. He is currently reading a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory research group. In Singapore’s National Healthcare Group, he established the research unit, Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research (HOMER) in 2011, and has led since. Through the HOMER Grant, his unit has given out 83 research grants since 2011 to fund research projects that focused on developing practical knowledge and theory in the training and development of healthcare professionals. At NHG, he received the Critical Talent Special Recognition Award, and was selected for the Inspiring SEAL Leadership Training Program to be equipped for leading strategic initiatives to confront current and future challenges in Singapore’s healthcare system. He was a member of NHG’s Interprofessional Leadership Program’s Working Committee (2014-2018) and is currently a member of the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress Scientific Committee (2015 to current).

Thesis

The complex adaptive system of interprofessional teams

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