The impact of physician-hospital integration on hospital supply management

Yousef Abdulsalam, Mohan Gopalakrishnan, Arnold Maltz, Eugene Schneller

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This study examines how organizational alignment between professionals—who act as surrogate buyers– and the organizations in which they work, influence the supply management efficiency of the organization. Based on a cross-sectional sample of hospital data, we estimate random effects regression models to investigate the association between physician-hospital integration mechanisms and hospital supply efficiency. The results suggest that either professional hierarchy or bureaucratic pressures can improve supply management efficiency. In a sector of the economy characterized by escalating costs and uncertainty, the findings provide potential guidance for professional relationship strategy design to improve sector performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Operations Management
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Healthcare supply chain
  • Physicians
  • Professional services
  • Supply management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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