Gorton, Fiona and Bamford, David (2008) The Transferability of Strategic Management Best Practice Between Private and Public Sector Organisations. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 2008, 9th-12th May 2008, La Jolla, California, USA.

The United Kingdom's publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) is entering a
period of transition due to a growth in private healthcare providers. In response, the
NHS must become more competitive; identifying competitive advantage, best practice
and adopting formal management methods.
The research objectives herein aimed to investigate whether strategic management
tools developed for the private sector can be used successfully within a public
healthcare system and whether the NHS in turn has developed best practices that
would contribute to private sector strategic management.
The research findings prove successful use of formal management tools exists within
the NHS, although these are repackaged to support integration within organisation.
The findings add to the field of organisational strategy by identifying a framework of
transferable best practices developed within the public healthcare sector. These
include techniques to ensure flexible and responsive strategic architecture, supporting
the achievement of day-to-day and long-term strategic goals

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