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Executive development in healthcare during times of turbulence: Top management perceptions and recommendations

Sandra J. Hartman (Department of Management, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Stephen M. Crow (Department of Management, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Journal of Management in Medicine

ISSN: 0268-9235

Article publication date: 1 October 2002

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Abstract

In this research we report an analysis of comments from managers and executives in healthcare organizations to provide insights into the strategic management needs of healthcare organizations. The comments were obtained as part of a survey that asked upper‐level managers and executives to identify strategic management skill and knowledge needs in healthcare organizations. After completing the survey, the respondents were given the opportunity to comment on any topics of concern to them. A total of 67 comments, many of them extensive and insightful, were obtained. In this paper, we review the literature dealing with educational and developmental needs of healthcare managers. Much of this literature is academic in nature and permits an interesting comparison to the perspective of management and executive practitioners. Emerging from the literature was a concern for environmental turbulence and a recognition that healthcare managers are at risk of falling behind in terms of skill development under such conditions. Respondent comments suggested a recognition of the potential problems. The comments are classified into four major categories: needs and skills in turbulent conditions; program and educational needs; issue clarification; and additional comments. Moreover, the first two categories appeared to break out into a set of six additional themes, which we suggest will be important to those designing programs for executive development in healthcare during turbulent times. While the source of this research is healthcare settings in Canada and the USA, the findings should be applicable to international healthcare organizations that use strategic management concepts and practices.

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Hartman, S.J. and Crow, S.M. (2002), "Executive development in healthcare during times of turbulence: Top management perceptions and recommendations", Journal of Management in Medicine, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 359-370. https://doi.org/10.1108/02689230210446535

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