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Health Care Organizations and the Development of the Strategic-Management Perspective
Stephen M. Shortell and Edward J. Zajac, Innovations in Health Care Delivery, Jossey-Bass Publishers,San Francisco 1990


A brief overview of strategic management theory and the contributions of health care organizational research to that theory. The main focus, however, is on two subareas of investigation: strategic change and adaptation and the development of strategic alliances. These areas are selected because of their importance both to the health care sector and to the study of strategy in general. In each area we draw on recent research to illustrate its potential contributions for further theory development.

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