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  • Our country has access to flat-out the best

  • technologies in health care.

  • There's no other system you'd rather be in than the US health

  • care system.

  • That said, it's an expensive system.

  • And as a result, it is even more incumbent on the US health care

  • system to find ways to reduce costs

  • without unduly harming quality.

  • My work heavily draws upon the idea

  • that our health care system needs a very, very large dose

  • of organizational innovation.

  • A lot of my research looks at the importance of familiarity

  • amongst members of surgical teams.

  • You would be amazed, in looking at a typical hospital

  • in the United States, as to how infrequently surgical teams

  • remain fully composed from day to day.

  • So research is absolutely central to the work

  • of the school, because when people come here,

  • they come not just to hear what was true 20 years ago.

  • They want to find out how is the world changing.

  • What are the ideas that are going

  • to influence the world that I'm going to inhabit as a business

  • leader?

  • And it's that restlessness about thinking hard about where

  • business should be going that is the heart

  • of what the research is that we do here at Harvard Business

  • School.

  • HBS is a fantastic environment for researchers and educators

  • who are really interested in marrying insights

  • from the real world to academic research.

  • So it's very unique in that regard.

  • You can really contact people out in the field

  • and learn about their ideas and then

  • bring them out into your classroom

  • and into your research.

  • Well, HBS is unique among business schools

  • in terms of the way its faculty is organized.

  • While we do have units in finance and accounting,

  • and strategy and organizational behavior,

  • we also have areas that really bridge

  • across different disciplines.

  • I think at HBS, our going-in approach

  • is that most of these problems are really complex.

  • And the way to really unpack them

  • is to begin to approach them with multiple lenses

  • from the get-go.

  • I do a lot of research on competition and consolidation.

  • One US industry that has consolidated a great deal

  • is kidney dialysis.

  • The question that I'm seeking to answer

  • is how consolidation of that business

  • has impacted the quality that patients are receiving

  • in terms of their dialysis, as well as in terms

  • of their ultimate outcomes.

  • The article that we wrote for the Harvard Business Review

  • dealt with what are called enterprise IT systems.

  • So the point of our article is they're not just simply

  • opportunities to reduce costs.

  • But they're actually about improving care delivery

  • and patient safety.

  • When I teach at HBS about US health care strategy,

  • students come up to me after and start talking

  • about their ideas for change.

  • And a number of them go on to join entrepreneurial ventures

  • and start forming them.

  • And that's a very exciting approach

  • to handling problems of the health care industry.

  • The real work lies in influencing the practitioners

  • who they're talking about, who they're trying to study,

  • who they're trying to influence.

  • And having a commitment to taking their work

  • beyond a conversation with each other into the real world

  • and having an influence in the world

  • is one of the important values we

  • hope to have every one of our scholars bring to the world.


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Improving Health Care Through Research

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    歐小拉 posted on 2018/08/28
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