Our article in the July-August 1986 issue of Hospital & Health Services Administration described the evolution of hospital personnel management from the pre-1965 to the post-1985 period by examining four different models and predicted trends for the late 1980s (Robbins and Rakich 1986). This article will provide an update and look at emerging trends in hospital personnel management for the early 1990s.1 A very brief recapitulation of the salient points made in 1986, including the contemporary Matrix Model of hospital personnel management, is presented, and the model's attributes are reassessed. This is followed by an analysis, by category, of the initial predictions of trends, the assessment of whether those trends evolved as anticipated, and expectations for the early 1990s. Finally, new trends, previously unforeseen, are presented.
Address correspondence and requests for reprints to Jonathon S. Rakich, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Health Services Administration, University of Akron, Leigh Hall 101A, Akron, OH 44325.
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