Brian Hilligoss

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations


Ph.D. in Information, University of Michigan, 2011
M.S.I.S. in Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
B.C.A. in Theatre, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1989

Areas of Expertise

  • Health care management
  • Coordination
  • Organizational routines
  • Organizational change
  • Sensemaking
  • High-reliability organizations


  • Hilligoss, B., Song, P.H., & McAlearney, A.S. Coping with interdependencies related to patient choice: Boundary-spanning at four accountable care organizations. Health Care Management Review, In press.
  • Hilligoss, B., Song, P.H., & McAlearney, A.S. (2017). Aligning for accountable care: Strategic practices for change in accountable care organizations. Health Care Management Review, 42(3), 192-202.
  • Hefner, J.L., Hilligoss, B., Sieck, C., Walker, D.M., Sova, L., Song, P., McAlearney, A.S. (2016). Meaningful engagement of ACOs with communities: The new population health management. Medical Care, 54(11), 970–976.
  • Vogus, T.J., & Hilligoss, B. (2016). The underappreciated role of habit in highly reliable healthcare. BMJ Quality & Safety, 25(3), 141-146.
  • Hilligoss, B., Mansfield, J., Patterson, E., & Moffatt-Bruce, S. (2015). Collaborating—or “selling” patients? A conceptual framework for emergency department-to-inpatient handoff negotiations. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41(3), 134-143.
  • Hilligoss, B. & Vogus, T.J. (2015). Navigating care transitions: A process model of how doctors overcome organizational barriers and create awareness. Medical Care Research and Review, 72(1) 25–48.
  • Hilligoss, B., & Moffatt-Bruce, S.D. (2014). The limits of checklists: Handoff and narrative thinking. BMJ Quality & Safety, 23(7) 528-533. 
  • Hilligoss, B. (2014). Selling patients and other metaphors: A discourse analysis of the interpretive frames that shape emergency department admission handoffs. Social Science and Medicine. 102. 119-128.
  • Hilligoss, B., & Zheng, K. (2013). Chart biopsy: An emerging medical practice enabled by electronic health records and its impacts on emergency department–inpatient admission handoffs. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20(2) 260-267. 
  • Hilligoss, B., & Cohen, M.D. (2013). The unappreciated challenges of between-unit handoffs: Negotiating and coordinating across boundaries. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 61(2) 155-160. 
  • Cohen, M.D., Hilligoss, B., & Amaral, A.C.K. (2012). Handoff is not a telegram: Understanding of the patient is co-constructed. Critical Care, 16(1), 303-309.
  • Hilligoss, B., & Cohen, M.D. (2011). Hospital handoffs as multifunctional situated routines: Implications for researchers and administrators. Advances in Health Care Management, 11, 91-132.
  • Cohen, M.D., & Hilligoss, P.B. (2009). The published literature on handoffs in hospitals: Deficiencies identified in an extensive review. Quality & Safety in Health Care, 19(6) 493-497.


  • Academy of Management
    • Health Care Management Division (Academic-at-Large 2015-2017)
    • Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division
    • Organization and Management Theory Division


  • Health Care Management Review 


  • Excellence in Teaching Award. Ohio State University College of Public Health, 2016-2017
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, 2016, 2015, 2014
  • Best Theory to Practice Paper. Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, 2015
  • Best Paper Selections, Human Factors and Organizational Issues, IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, International Medical Informatics Association, 2014
  • Outstanding Paper Based on a Dissertation. Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, 2013