Strategic orientations of small multihospital systems

R. D. Luke, J. W. Begun

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Strategic behaviors of organizations can be classified along two dimensions - growth orientations, or patterns of evolution over time, and action orientations, or strategic aggressiveness in undertaking a particular growth orientation. We create measures of growth and action orientations for small multihospital systems and test the validity of the growth and action orientation typologies, using data from a sample of small multihospital systems. Growth and action orientations do appear to exist independently of each other, and they are related to the ownership status of the systems. Not-for-profit and church-other systems exhibit similar strategic orientations, unlike those of Catholic and investor-owned systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-618
Number of pages22
JournalHealth services research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988


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