Concentration Chairs: Robert Huckman and Amy Edmondson

The management concentration prepares students to do research on the managerial, operational, and strategic issues facing a wide range of organizations in the health care industry including: health care providers; pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms; device and technology companies; and private and public insurers.

Students in this track examine how theories and concepts from fields such as technology and operations management, organizational behavior, organizational economics, and competitive strategy can be applied to and further developed for understanding health care organizations. Key research themes include:

  • Learning and process improvement
  • Organizational structure and performance in health care delivery
  • Managing  R&D organizations
  • Managing teams in clinical and research settings
  • Information technology and the management of health care processes

Examples of recent and current doctoral thesis research include:

  • Process improvement in the management of clinical drug trials
  • Safety and organizational culture in hospitals
  • Learning and team performance in neonatal intensive care
  • Interorganizational learning teams in hospitals
  • The impact of information technology on the process of care delivery
  • Error management: how information about medical errors is used and processed

Management Curriculum Guide