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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This relatively small paperback book is a surprisingly comprehensive book covering all aspects of laboratory management.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide detailed management and education theory, along with case-based teaching, to those interested in laboratory management. The author is a known authority in laboratory medicine, and she has succeeded admirably in this latest effort focusing solely on laboratory management.
Audience: This book would appeal to anyone interested in laboratory management — from the bench clinical laboratory scientist (or student) wanting to better understand the administrative aspects of clinical laboratories, to laboratory managers, to pathologists actively directing clinical laboratories. This book would also be of interest to anyone managing a sizable operation where significant effort is directed at leadership, budget and human resources.
Features: This deceptively small and lightweight paperback book contains a sizable amount of information on laboratory management. What sets this book aside from others in the field is the inclusion of concepts and theory that typically are restricted to other disciplines in business or education (e.g., general leadership, effective management, organizational structures, decision-making and learning processes, etc.). The author has a tight concise and accessible writing style that makes this book a compelling read. The case-based examples are great because they reflect real-life situations that any manager will (or has) encountered. I especially appreciated the section on financial management that went beyond the usual discussion of how to justify and prepare a budget to include a discussion of what to do for budgetary situations outside of the laboratory's control (e.g., budgetary shortfalls).
Assessment: I really liked this book. I read it in one day, and even at my relatively advanced career position, I found it extraordinarily helpful in understanding the expectations others have of me in my current leadership positions. I'm sure others will similarly find it extraordinarily useful, no matter where they are in their organizational hierarchy. I highly recommend it.