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Entrepreneurial orientation and burnout among healthcare professionals

Claudine Kearney (Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland)
Padraic Dunne (Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland)
William J. Wales (Department of Management, University at Albany School of Business, Albany, New York, USA)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Article publication date: 23 January 2020

Issue publication date: 6 March 2020




Among healthcare professionals, burnout is one of the key challenges affecting organizational outcomes, employee productivity and quality of care. The knowledge of burnout and its root causes and primary contributors continues to grow yet remains limited. In many environments, an entrepreneurial orientation (EO) has been shown to dramatically improve organizational outcomes and performance. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate critical research areas at the intersection of organizational EO and employee burnout within the healthcare sector.


A conceptual model which considers how EO has the potential to provide an operational context that may negate, lessen or delay the negative effects of burnout among healthcare professionals, is advanced as a useful focal point to foster research exploring connections between organizational orientation and employee well-being.


Insights into how an opportunity-embracing EO characteristic of high-tech firms may shape how stress is experienced and address burnout when applied to healthcare organizations. A decrease in burnout stands to improve quality of care as well as the satisfaction of staff and patients alike, including a greater sense of autonomy, engagement, motivation and passion.


This research agenda proposes new insights and the need for additional research into how the manifestation of organizational EO may contribute to the field of medicine, influence burnout and enhance the well-being among healthcare professionals.



Kearney, C., Dunne, P. and Wales, W.J. (2020), "Entrepreneurial orientation and burnout among healthcare professionals", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 16-22.



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