Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of hsresearchLink to Publisher's site
Health Serv Res. 1985 June; 20(2): 199–224.
PMCID: PMC1068875

Task and structural correlates of organizational effectiveness in private psychiatric hospitals.


This exploration of the relationships between task and structural variables and two dimensions of organizational effectiveness in 76 private psychiatric hospitals revealed that high levels of centralization were associated with patient care effectiveness. High levels of centralization and formalization were associated with administrative effectiveness. An enhancing effect of organizational structure is suggested as contributing to organizational effectiveness.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.3M), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Bucher R, Stelling J. Characteristics of professional organizations. J Health Soc Behav. 1969 Mar;10(1):3–15. [PubMed]
  • Novotny PC. The pseudopsychoanalytic hospital. Bull Menninger Clin. 1973 May;37(3):193–210. [PubMed]
  • ETZIONI A. Interpersonal and structural factors in the study of mental hospitals. Psychiatry. 1960 Feb;23:13–22. [PubMed]
  • Leatt P, Schneck R. Nursing subunit technology: a replication. Adm Sci Q. 1981 Jun;26(2):225–236. [PubMed]
  • Overton P, Schneck R, Hazlett CB. An empirical study of the technology of nursing subunits. Adm Sci Q. 1977 Jun;22(2):203–219. [PubMed]
  • Glisson CA, Martin PY. Productivity and efficiency in human service organizations as related to structure, size, and age. Acad Manage J. 1980 Mar;23(1):21–37. [PubMed]
  • Petcher-Cassell M, Holland TP. Staff and patient participation in decision-making in residential treatment programs. Soc Work Res Abstr. 1979 Winter;15(4):37–44. [PubMed]
  • King JA, Smith CG. The treatment milieu and prediction of mental hospital effectiveness. J Health Soc Behav. 1972 Jun;13(2):180–194. [PubMed]
  • Moseley SK, Grimes RM. The organization of effective hospitals. Health Care Manage Rev. 1976 Summer;1(3):13–23. [PubMed]
  • Donabedian A. Evaluating the quality of medical care. Milbank Mem Fund Q. 1966 Jul;44(3 Suppl):166–206. [PubMed]
  • Smith CM, Levey AB. The follow-up study in psychiatry. Dis Nerv Syst. 1966 Sep;27(9):595–599. [PubMed]
  • Graeff CL. Some methodological issues concerning comparative hospital-organization studies. Acad Manage Rev. 1980 Oct;5(4):539–548. [PubMed]
  • Schoonhoven CB. Problems with contingency theory: testing assumptions hidden within the language of contingency "theory.". Adm Sci Q. 1981 Sep;26(3):349–377. [PubMed]
  • Comstock DE, Scott WR. Technology and the structure of subunits: distinguishing individual and workgroup effects. Adm Sci Q. 1977 Jun;22(2):177–202. [PubMed]

Articles from Health Services Research are provided here courtesy of Health Research & Educational Trust