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Strategic Thinking in a Hospital Setting


  • Introduces the two major strategic views, namely the resource-based view and the positioning view, in addition to the application of Porter's strategies in a hospital setting

  • Elaborates on how to develop a strategic framework that will help identify the right objectives and the effective strategies to achieve those objectives

  • Thoroughly discusses a list of eight strategic tactics that cover service differentiation and cost management, each with its own operational initiative and target

  • Elucidates the sources of competitive advantages in a hospital setting and how to leverage these for better patient care and improved operational performance


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 1-3
  3. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 5-8
  4. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 9-15
  5. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 17-22
  6. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 23-30
  7. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 41-62
  8. A.L. Hamdan
    Pages 81-82
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 83-86

About this book


Translating the realities of healthcare reform and healthcare costs into competitive hospital practice is the goal of this accessible, jargon-free guide. Taking its cue from Michael Porter’s highly-regarded business strategies, it offers a sound framework for hospitals looking to develop efficient, patient-centered service delivery, identifying keys to clinical, administrative, and marketing success. The book organizes business and clinical priorities where they intersect so that physicians throughout healthcare systems can understand their role in building and sustaining innovation, and leverage their strengths and system resources toward meeting patient needs. In addition, chapters review eight core strategic tools, describe possibilities for their implementation, and provide in-depth findings on Porter’s methods as used in a diverse group of hospitals across Lebanon.

Included in the coverage:

 · Porter’s strategies in health care: cost leadership versus differentiation strategy

· Sources of competitive advantage

· How to prepare an organization for innovation

· Strategic framework in a hospital setting

· Application of Porter’s strategies in Lebanese hospitals

· Correlation between type of strategy and performance


A well-designed blueprint for enhancing patient satisfaction and system cost-effectiveness, Strategic Thinking in a Hospital Setting is aimed at both frontline physicians in practice and those assuming administrative positions in healthcare facilities and in hospital settings in particular.



operational performance of hospitals strategic planning and strategic framework resource-based view positioning view Porter's strategies in health care service differentiation cost management patient care quality and quality improvement sources of competitive advantage differentiation strategy patient-centered care cost leadership strategy innovation in hospital settings health care administration healthcare management value creation healthcare systems value-based competition competitive dynamics external and internal environment analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyAmerican University of Beirut Medical CenterBeirutLebanon

About the authors

A. L. Hamdan, MD, EMBA, MPH, FACS, is medical director of strategy and innovation at American University of Beirut Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Hamdan also serves as professor and head of the Division of Laryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Strategic Thinking in a Hospital Setting
  • Authors A. L. Hamdan
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Public Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Public Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-53596-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-53597-5
  • Series ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-3701
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 86
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Administration
    Health Care Management
    Practice and Hospital Management
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health