Hospital Administrators Needed: To help a Ph.D. Candidate
Posted Mar 03 2009 2:51pm
From time-to-time I' ve been called to assist students, but this time you can help too. Below is a request for help from Garry Buttermann.
I am a graduate student at the University of Louisville—my official title is Ph.D. Candidate - Entrepreneurship and Strategy. At this time, I am writing a dissertation focused on organizational strategy and knowledge resources and will be using the hospital industry as the sampling frame. I hope to find an important link between resources, strategy, and performance.
Hospital knowledge is embedded in employees, business relationships with suppliers and physicians, and idiosyncratic rules and procedures. In the academic literature, these resources are known as intellectual capital. I am interested in ways that intellectual capital and strategy development (e.g., innovation, supply chain, and customer strategies) drives performance in the hospital industry.
Is hospital performance driven by its level of intellectual capital? What role does this knowledge play on the development of hospital strategies? Can administrators develop knowledge that results in financial performance? These are the questions that I hope to answer with my dissertation research—they are consistent with theory development but should help develop practical solutions for administrators seeking to improve performance.
To answer these questions, I need data.
Therefore, I am calling on Officers, Vice Presidents, and Directors from 200 U.S. hospitals and to answer a short survey about strategic processes and hospital resources. The sampling frame includes non-government system and non-system hospitals.
At completion of the project, I will be providing a summary report of findings for survey participants. The project follows University and IRB guidelines in that respondents will be kept anonymous and data will be reported in aggregate form.