Strategic Management And Health Workforce Policy
Author: JOHN A. VALENTINE
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 23 No. 3
Among the many consequences of health care restructuring is the
impact such changes have on the training requirements for the health
professions. Since workforce planning has been difficult and sometimes
controversial in relatively stable times, it is likely to be even more
problematic amid the turbulent changes ahead as the U.S. health care
system restructures for the 21 century. Strategic management models
emphasizing stakeholder involvement offer a middle ground between
the extremes of government mandates and free markets by engaging a
variety of participants with a stake in the planning outcome. The
following report on the New Jersey effort to engage a variety of health
care stakeholders in a participatory management process to shape the
state physician workforce may provide useful insights for both man-
agers and policy-makers.
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