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Title: Implementing strategic decisions : an empirical study of Thai hospitals
Author: Ardiporn , Khemarangsan
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2006
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The strategic implementation process is a mystery to many businessmen and consultants, and due to its complexity, only limited strategic management research has actually focused on implementation. However, a clear understanding of the factors influencing the implementation process in terms of the industrial context, and the implementation factors needs to be considered. Thus, the ultimate aim of this research is to build a framework facilitating the implementation process. Initially, based on factors identified through the comprehensive review of the literature, a framework was developed. Then, relationships between the factors were proposed and tested within the study in order to validate the framework. Data was collected using both qualitative and quantitative. In the first stage, mini case studies were performed to explore the factors during the implementation process, aiming at validating the factors that have been extracted from the literature review. Then, a pilot study was performed to authenticate the questionnaire which would be used in the final stage. This research will employ four types of statistical data analysis, namely: partial correlation analysis, ANOV A analysis, hierarchical regression analysis, and structural equation modelling (AMOS application). Results of the study have verified that these implementation factors and influencer factors are critical to implementation process. The inter-relationship among these complex factors is essential in impacting the outcome. Results also demonstrated that there were recognized differences between successful and less successful hospitals in implementing this policy., However, results did not reveal much difference in implementing this policy, between the public and the private hospitals. Finally, different types of interaction in the different proposed contexts (public and private) have been revealed. Hence, a fully mediated model is best used to explain the relationship among the factors in public hospitals, indicating a significant impact that the external factors have on the outcome. As for private hospitals, a partially mediated model is best used to describe the relationship among the factors due to its ability to control the external environment.
Supervisor: Henderson, Jeffrey ; Kauser, Saleema Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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