Performance Improvement Capability: Keys to Accelerating Performance Improvement in Hospitals
California Management Review, Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 12-33, 2003
23 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2009 Last revised: 21 Apr 2014
Organizations differ considerably in their rate of performance improvement. Since any improvement trajectory is the fruit of a series of improvement projects, the proximate cause of this variation among organizations lies in the varied ways these projects are managed. The success of these projects depends, however, not only on the goals and efforts of the project team, but also on the context within which the projects are undertaken - and, more specifically, on the competencies on which the projects can draw. It is variation in these competencies - the organization's underlying "performance improvement capability" (PIC) - that explain the substantial and sustained differences in rates of improvement across organizations. This article describes the efforts of several hospitals to strengthen their PIC through 5 key components: 1. skills, 2. systems, 3. structure, 4, strategy, and 5. culture.
Keywords: Performance management, Hospitals, Organization theory
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