Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Physicians as jacks of all trades? : preferences of senior physicians for accepting management responsibilities in German university hospitals
Authors: Schätzle, Julia
Homayounfar, Kia
Raewer, Henrik
Brand, Tim
Schmelzer-Kriech, Sarah
Angerer, Alfred
Lindenmeier, Jörg
Liberatore, Florian
Conference details: 18th EURAM Annual Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland, 19-22 June 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 362.11: Hospitals and related institutions
Abstract: A growing shortage of physicians in leadership positions in hospitals has been attributed to physicians’ reluctance to take on management responsibility. To remedy the situation and make the position of chief physician appear more attractive, hospital executives require a deeper understanding of physicians’ job preferences as well as the relationship between their skills and motivations and their intention concerning a medical/leadership career. This study applies the EPL (Entrepreneurship, Professional, and Leadership) Career Aspiration Framework in the context of the career preferences of senior physicians in German hospitals. The model was adapted and validated using data from an online survey disseminated to senior physicians at German university hospitals. The findings confirm that senior physicians have a much stronger preference for a professional rather than a leadership career. Further, it was shown that skill efficacy has a positive influence, both directly, and through motivation also indirectly, on physicians’ career intentions. It is suggested that the attractiveness of senior physician positions could be increased by improving the leadership training offered to medical students and young physicians, reviewing formal and informal incentive schemes, and, finally, by freeing top physicians from leadership tasks as much as possible.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG)
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