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Table 2 Overall and relative importance of hypothesized roles of middle managers in implementing healthcare innovations (n = 63)

From: Elaborating on theory with middle managers’ experience implementing healthcare innovations in practice

Importance of middle manager’s role in implementing innovation (mean score; 1 = not important, 7 = very important)
• Diffusing information 6.83 (SD = .46)
• Synthesizing information 6.71 (SD = .66)
• Mediating between strategy and day-to-day activities 6.71 (SD = .55)
• Selling innovation implementation 6.63 (SD = .68)
Relative importance of middle manager’s role in implementing innovation (%)
• Diffusing information Most important: 31
Least important: 13
• Synthesizing information Most important: 34
Least important: 13
• Mediating between strategy and day-to-day activities Most important: 24
Least important: 13
• Selling innovation implementation Most important: 10
Least important: 38