Discussion: Assessing organizational effectiveness
Discussion: Assessing organizational effectiveness
According to McLaughlin and Olson (2012), “a key component of effective operations is the ability to move strategy to action” (pg. 13). Once a health care organization has a strategy, it is then necessary to select the accurate assessment tool to implement the strategy. Balance scorecards, strategy maps, and dashboards are three organizational assessment tools that are used frequently to move a strategy into action.
1. Read the article, The balanced scorecard, strategy maps and dashboards: Why are they different? at the following link:
2. Identify two (2) issues from the list of top issues confronting hospitals in 2016 published by the America College of Healthcare Executives ( )
3. Then choose one (1) tool (balanced scorecard, strategy maps, or dashboards) per selected issue and discuss (from a health care manager perspective) how you would use that tool to minimize the selected issue.
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Discussion Question 3
Leadership: Power, Authority, and Influence
Power, authority, and influence are three terms that are actively seen in the role of leadership. The correct balance of the three is vital to being an effective health care leader. Research and identify the differences among power, authority, and influence. Explain, using examples, how misapplication of power, authority, and influence could lead to damaging consequences as a health care leader.
Be sure to cite the literature in your response.
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Discussion Question 4
Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Assume you are recently hired as the department manager for the surgical unit at a 300-bed acute care hospital. There has been an ongoing problem with hospital-acquired infections in the surgical unit. The hospital does not get paid for treating these infections and it is extremely costly. As a result, the prior manager was terminated. Describe your approach from both an operations and quality perspective in addressing the problem. What would you do first? What tactics would you use? Who would you get involved? Develop critical thinking around the urgent problem.
Be sure to cite reliable sources to support your response.
American Academy of Family Physicians. (2017). Basics of quality improvement. Retrieved from
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McLaughlin, D. B., & Hays, J. M. (2008). Chapter 1: The challenge and the opportunity. Healthcare operations management. Chicago: Health Administration Press.