Managing the myths of health care

World Hosp Health Serv. 2012;48(3):4-7.


Myths impede the effective management of health care, for example that the system is failing (indeed, that is a system), and can be fixed by detached social engineering and heroic leadership, or treating it more like a business. This field needs to reframe its management, as distributed beyond the "top"; its strategy as venturing, not planning; its organizing as collaboration beyond control, and especially itself, as a system beyond its parts.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Health Facility Administrators
  • Metaphor
  • Mythology
  • Organizational Innovation