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Exploring Hospital CEOs' Perceptions of Health Administration Graduates' Leadership Competencies

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Hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) across the United States continue to view personnel shortages among their top five concerns, while confronting challenges to provide the best care at lower costs in a shift to a value-based payment environment. This paradigm presents health administration programs opportunities to develop their students' industry-sought leadership competencies. To fill a gap in current empirical understanding, this cross-sectional mixed-methods study explored how U.S. hospital CEOs, who were credentialed as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), perceived health administration graduates' leadership competencies upon job entry, and investigated which of the competencies were most sought-after by the industry. With a target population comprising all FACHE-credentialed U.S. hospital CEOs, 46 of them across seven demographic characteristics (Gender, Age, Education, FACHE Years, Position Years, Hospital Location, and Geographic Region) constituted the final study sample. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed, resulting in empirical evidence to answer the study's two research questions. Specifically, hospital CEOs viewed health administration graduates upon job entry as meeting needs in Information Seeking, Professionalism, and Achievement Orientation competencies, but not meeting needs in several of the competencies: Self Development, Analytical Thinking, Organizational Awareness, Accountability, Change Leadership, and Interpersonal Understanding.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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