Strategic Leadership in Healthcare: The Role of Collective Change Agents in Closing the Gap of Healthcare Disparities

29 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2006

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Lynn Perry Wooten

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Lise Anderson

University of Michigan - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Joy Pinkerton

University of Michigan - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tamiko Noll

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Nursing

Jodi Lori

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Nursing

Scott Ransom

University of North Texas - Health and Science Center

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

Healthcare management research overlooks the role of collective leadership actions in alleviating health disparities. However, exploring the strategic actions of collective leaders can provide the field with a different viewpoint of how individuals and organizations partner to solve complex problems such as health disparities. To examine this issue, this paper uses prenatal health disparities as a backdrop. We present our analysis of multiple case study data of nonprofit and healthcare organizations. Through our analysis of this case study data, we develop an understanding of collective leadership and strategies they employ as change agents. In addition, the case studies highlight the importance of collective leadership as of process of learning, the diffusion of knowledge across organizational boundaries, and the empowerment of stakeholders.

Keywords: Strategic Leadership, Health Disparities, Organizational Change

Suggested Citation

Wooten, Lynn Perry and Anderson, Lise and Pinkerton, Joy and Noll, Tamiko and Lori, Jodi and Ransom, Scott, Strategic Leadership in Healthcare: The Role of Collective Change Agents in Closing the Gap of Healthcare Disparities (December 2006). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1060. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=951088 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.951088

Lynn Perry Wooten (Contact Author)

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Lise Anderson

University of Michigan - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
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Joy Pinkerton

University of Michigan - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Tamiko Noll

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Nursing ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI (734) 764-7185 48109-5482
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Jodi Lori

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Nursing ( email )

400 N. Ingalls St.
Ann Arbor, MI (734) 764-7185 48109-5482
United States

Scott Ransom

University of North Texas - Health and Science Center ( email )

1155 Union Circle #305340
Denton, TX 76203
United States

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