Implementing quality improvement in hospitals: the role of leadership and culture.

Academic Article


  • Many advocates of quality improvement (QI) suggest that there is a link between an organization's leadership commitment and culture and its ability to implement a QI initiative. This paper reports empirical evidence from a study of QI implementation in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals that supports this hypothesized linkage. The findings suggest that the extent to which top management becomes directly involved in QI activities determines the degree of QI implementation. Additionally, study findings suggest that a culture emphasizing innovation and teamwork provides an important foundation for implementing a QI initiative. We discuss the implications of these findings for organizational leaders interested in implementing QI.
  • Authors

  • Parker, Victoria
  • Wubbenhorst, WH
  • Young, GJ
  • Desai, KR
  • Charns, MP
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 1999
  • Published In


  • Analysis of Variance
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Regression Analysis
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10446665
  • Start Page

  • 64
  • End Page

  • 69
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 1