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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lena L Watson, Dr. RN, MBA/HCM(University of Phoenix)
Description: This unique book discusses modern management theories, concepts, and principles in the context of healthcare.
Purpose: It provides an integrative perspective of organizational theories in healthcare. These are important objectives since healthcare is complex, dynamic, and unique. The editor and contributors review virtually every organizational, behavioral, and management theory relevant to healthcare.
Audience: The book describes how students and instructors can benefit from reading and applying the information. However, any healthcare leader interested in understanding ways to apply proven theories to an organization will benefit from it. The editor is a noted scholar in the field of health professions who has published over 100 articles and 10 books on management and healthcare issues. In addition, chapters are written by expert contributing authors.
Features: The first of the book's three parts contains five chapters on organization theory and foundation. Part 2 covers organization behavior and dynamics in 10 chapters, and the six chapters in part 3 cover organization development and change. In addition to discussing the history and most noted organizational theories, behaviors, and principles, the book tackles some of the more challenging and sensitive topics in healthcare such as healthcare management dysfunction and organizational development for terrorism and natural disasters. The layout is easy to follow and the diagrams and charts are easy to understand. The end of each chapter has learning activities, discussion questions, case studies, references, and a summary. The only shortcoming is that the book has a softcover which may not withstand heavy use.
Assessment: The authors explain complex theories in a manner that's interesting and comprehendible for students, and the book is unique in the way it applies existing theories to healthcare organizations. The learning activities help promote competency development and critical thinking, which is valuable for current and future healthcare leaders.