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Academic Health Centers in Turbulent Times: Strategies for Survival

Topping, Sharon; Hyde, John; Barker, John; Woodrell, Frederick D.

Health Care Management Review: Spring 1999 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - pp 7-18
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HCMR Award Winner

Given the increasingly turbulent health care environment, the strategic adaptation of academic health centers (AHCs) provides an opportunity to investigate the effects of drastic change on a population of organizations. This article identifies and categorizes the adaptive behavior using existing strategic typologies, while exploring the implications for hospital managers.

Sharon Topping, Ph.D., is NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is on leave from the University of Southern Mississippi where she is an Associate Professor of Management.

John Hyde, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

John Barker, Ph.D., is Director of Performance Improvement, The University Hospitals and Clinics, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

Frederick D. Woodrell, MPA, is Associate Chancellor, The University Hospitals and Clinics, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

This article won the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division 1998 Theory to Practice Award.

Copyright © 1999 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.