Organizational Theory and Structure in Action

In an environment of rapid change, it is important that health care administrators are prepared to plan for and assess organizational effectiveness. By applying theories of organizational design, administrators can help shape the structure and culture of an organization, and ultimately, influence its success.
Examine the following scenario and consider the organizational structure of the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.

Scenario
You are a health care consultant with a thriving practice working with Boston-area hospitals. Your expertise is in organizational design and organizational behavior. One of your clients, Gary Gottlieb, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has accepted your proposal to work with his organization on the opening of the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.
In your consulting experience, you have found that reviewing the history of organizational theory helps management teams creatively approach the challenges they face.

Analyze management’s contribution to organizational effectiveness and consider how strategy shapes organizational structure.

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