This study examines methods and barriers to minority leadership recruitment in healthcare organizations. Minorities are underrepresented in healthcare organizations at the executive level, even though staff and patient demographics are becoming increasingly diverse. This disparity in minority representation presents the potential for staff and patient needs, interests, and values to be overlooked by senior management and the strategies, policies, and programs they implement. This study conducted interviews with human resources personnel at healthcare organizations identified as top performers to determine whether their organizations engaged in minority recruitment methods, what methods were successful, and what barriers existed to recruitment of minorities. These results were compared to survey data compiled by the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. The results show significant room for improvement in the implementation of comprehensive methods to recruit minority senior management, with significant variation among organizations in the amount and type of methods to recruit minority executives. These findings lead to the conclusion that more pressure needs to be placed on healthcare organizations to identify best practices in minority recruitment and implement these in formal, comprehensive human resources activities related to recruitment, retention, and professional development.
|Advisor:||Johnson, James J.|
|Commitee:||Goodwin, Jeronica, Washington, Knitasha|
|School:||Central Michigan University|
|Department:||Health Administration/School of Health Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Michigan|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Barriers, Disparties, Human resources, Minorities, Recruitment|
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