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Advisory Committee Chair

Robert Weech-Maldonado

Advisory Committee Members

Larry Hearld

Anthony Hood

Mazi Rasulnia

Ferhat Zengul

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Health Professions


In this three-paper dissertation, first, we examined the relationship between strategic group membership and hospital financial performance in terms of operating margin. The results revealed the important role of strategy on financial performance of a hospital. In the second paper, organizational and environmental antecedents of hospital’s business strategy choice were studied. The results showed that environmental and organizational factors may predict the business strategy choice of hospitals. The third paper investigated the moderating effect of environmental instability on the relationship between strategic group membership and financial performance. Environmental instability does not strongly affect the relationship between hospital strategic group membership and financial performance. The results of these studies may be useful for researchers as well as managers of hospitals to understand strategic positioning of hospitals.



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