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RESPONDING TO BIOTERRORISM: A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR MANAGEMENT SCHOLARS

Bioterrorism Preparedness, Attack and Response

ISBN: 978-0-76231-105-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-268-9

ISSN: 1474-8231

Publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

Although we have yet to experience a major bioterrorism event in the U.S., we are nevertheless preparing for such an event. In this paper, we consider the nature of bioterrorism and the threats and challenges it brings to managing health care organizations. Because existing managerial theory may be inadequate in responding to bioterrorism events, management scholars are advised to approach their research with a great deal of humility and openness. Inasmuch as emerging theoretical frameworks based on complexity science and chaos theory are not fully developed, we propose that stakeholder management theory may be the best approach at this juncture.

Citation

Malvey, D., Fottler, M.D., Buck, G.W. and Fry, R.S. (2004), "RESPONDING TO BIOTERRORISM: A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR MANAGEMENT SCHOLARS", Blair, J., Fottler, M. and Zapanta, A.C. (Ed.) Bioterrorism Preparedness, Attack and Response (Advances in Health Care Management, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 259-286. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-8231(04)04010-8

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