Managing interorganizational dependencies in the new health care marketplace

D. D. Pointer, J. W. Begun, R. D. Luke

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To survive, let alone thrive, in an increasingly competitive and threatening environment, health care organizations must skillfully manage their dependencies. Such dependencies traditionally have been managed through marketplace exchanges (buying and selling) and ownership relationships (acquisition, merger, and business development). An alternative strategy for designing and managing interorganizational relationships, the quasi-firm, is introduced. The quasi-firm is a hybrid market/ownership arrangement that allows participating organizations to pursue strategically important purposes while simultaneously preserving a high degree of functional and legal autonomy. We suggest that this distinctive interorganizational form is particularly well suited to the features of the new health care marketplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-177
Number of pages11
JournalHospital and Health Services Administration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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