Managing health care organizations: where professionalism meets complexity science

Health Care Manage Rev. 2000 Winter;25(1):83-92. doi: 10.1097/00004010-200001000-00010.


This article examines the intersection of professionalism and complexity science as a source of new insights for improving the health care industry from both a clinical and business point of view. Viewing health care organizations as professional complex adaptive systems suggests eight leadership tasks for addressing the circumstances that engulf health care. Managers who adopt this view will be able to create new levers for positive movement in their organizations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Commerce / organization & administration
  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Health Services Administration / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Leadership*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Professional Competence*
  • Science / organization & administration*
  • Systems Theory
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration
  • United States