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Health Serv Res. 1992 April; 27(1): 47–64.
PMCID: PMC1069863

An empirical comparison between the board's strategic role in nonprofit hospitals and in for-profit industrial firms.


As the health care environment becomes more competitive, nonprofit hospitals are under pressure to adopt for-profit business practices. Based on an extensive field study, this research examines the central issue of organizational governance by comparing the strategic roles of nonprofit hospital boards with for-profit industrial boards. The results show that nonprofit hospital boards are generally more involved in the strategic decision process than their for-profit counterparts. If this governance activity is seen as desirable, hospital boards should exercise caution in emulating for-profit board practices.

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