How do medical managers strategize? A Strategy-as-Practice perspective

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Strategic planning (SP) is a widely-used practice within public sector organizations. However, SP does not only take place in strategy workshops and senior management levels. This paper explores how medical managers of English hospitals ‘do’ SP in their clinical directorates. The authors investigate the practices, the usage of strategy tools and the implications of medical managers’ strategizing. The paper argues that what makes financial sense to medical managers strategizing in the local circumstances of their directorates does not always equate to value for patients, the hospital or for the public sector as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number4
Early online date30 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2020


  • Artefacts
  • NHS
  • medical manager
  • practice
  • profitability
  • strategic planning
  • strategizing
  • strategy tools


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