Hospitals as interpretation systems.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this study of 162 hospitals, it was found that the chief executive officer's (CEO's) interpretation of strategic issues is related to the existing hospital strategy and the hospital's information processing structure. Strategy was related to interpretation in terms of the extent to which a given strategic issue was perceived as controllable or uncontrollable. Structure was related to the extent to which an issue was defined as positive or negative, was labeled as controllable or uncontrollable, and was perceived as leading to a gain or a loss. Together, strategy and structure accounted for a significant part of the variance in CEO interpretations of strategic events. The theoretical and managerial implications of these findings are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thomas, JB; McDaniel, RR; Anderson, RA

Published Date

  • February 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 859 - 880

PubMed ID

  • 1991677

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1065671

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1475-6773

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-9124


  • eng