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Compare and contrast the analytical model of strategic management with the emergent, learning model. Which is most appropriate for health care managers and why?

Provide very short rationale for health care organization's adoption of strategic management

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Part 1. Emergent Learning Model and Strategic Management

Comparison of the analytical vs the emergent learning models

Strategic Management in the Health Care Industry

In recent decades concepts of strategic management have been employed by health care organizations(HCOs). Strategic management is important to HCOs as it facilitates the development of goals and objectives so they can decipher what needs to be done to achieve them. Health care organizations that practices solid strategic management will be ahead of competitors. Although society places special demands on HCOs, if and when strategic management is customized to the health care needs of the environment, and HCOs are able to cope with the ever-changing world we live in, over time their business image and brand and be better positioned to 'weather the storm.'

The two main approaches to strategic management are: the emergent approach and the analytical model. However, although the two models share some common factors, they require and lead to models of planning and strategizing that are quite different. The emergent learning model, for example, does not have a definite, set well-defined or final goal, rather it believes in 'going with the flow' of things and figuring out the steps to take, through processes, flexibility, changes,and evolutions of time (NCCSDO, 2001; Signet, 2013).

The analytical approach, on the other hand, is not as 'free-flowing' and 'open' rather it is typically more orchestrated and deliberate, and involves deep, levels of critical thinking and reasoning, thought processes and actions, that are literally and extremely 'thought out' -at times even too excessively. With over-planning and being so rigid, organizations can become very close-minded and inflexible-A not too advantageous position to the competitive world and environment of the changing health care systems today. Analytical planning is critical in every organization, but like most things, balance and moderation is a good stance to take and sometimes 'less is more.'

Emergent Learning Model

The emergent learning model entails an approach, that uses and capitalize on any existing challenges and opportunities in order to develop skills, lessons learned, and best practices. Everyday, organizations run into threats and challenges that push them off course and to which there is often no single best solution. Such challenges must be addressed by paying attention to the way people think, act and feel, and plan accordingly. Having identified consumers likes and dislikes, and challenges, an organization can arduously prepare to learn from each cycle of organizational activities; and apply best practices from lesson learned to arrive at better outcomes. In essence, the emergent learning model can help employees and HCOs to :
*Approach a situation with the clear intention to learn.
*Better articulate assumptions and metrics.
*Collect data and focus attention on what happens during a situation or action.
*Reflect on the interim results, and modify accordingly and as often as it takes to improve outcomes.
*Identify and ...

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