Part 1, Q’s 1-10
1. Explain why strategic management has become crucial in today’s dynamic health care
2. What is the rationale for health care organizations’ adoption of strategic management?
3. Trace the evolution of strategic management. Have the objectives of strategic management
changed dramatically over its development?
4. How is strategic management different from health policy?
5. Compare and contrast the analytical view of strategic management with the emergent,
learning approach. Which is most appropriate for health care managers?
6. Why are conceptual models of management processes useful for practicing managers?
7. What is a strategic thinking map? How are strategic thinking maps useful? What are
8. What are the major activities of strategic management? How are they linked together?
9. Differentiate among the terms strategic management, strategic thinking, strategic
planning, and managing strategic momentum.
10. Who should be doing strategic thinking? Strategic planning? Managing strategic
Part 2, Q’s 1-6
1. What types of changes are likely to occur in the health care environment in the next
2. Why is environmental analysis important for an organization?
3. Describe the “setting” for health care management. Is the setting too complex or
changing too rapidly to accurately predict future conditions?
4. Most health care managers would answer “yes” to many of A. H. Mesch ‘s questions
to determine whether an organization needs environmental analysis. Are there other
questions that seem to indicate that health care organizations should be performing
5. What are the specific goals of environmental analysis?
6. What are the limitations of environmental analysis? Given these limitations, is environmental
analysis worth the effort required? Why?