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Status of Strategic Thinking Among Education and Research Managers of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in 2016
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Status of Strategic Thinking Among Education and Research Managers of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in 2016

Raana Gholamzadeh Nikjoo 1 *, Ali Jannati 1, Fatemeh Samadpour 2

1Department of Health Services Management, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Health Services Management Research Center, School of Management and Medical Informatics,
 Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

2Department of Health Services Management, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Strategic thinking is an approach in the organization that refers to using different mental frameworks to examine, analyze, and ultimately decide on the strategic situation of the organization. The aim of the study was to determine the status of strategic thinking in education and research managers of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, as well as its related factors, in 2016.
Methods: This is a descriptive - analytical study. The study population comprised all senior and middle managers in the fields of education and research of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (n = 79). The employed instrument was a standard strategic thinking questionnaire, with the dimensions of future imagination and focusing on it, intelligent opportunism with systematic perspective, understanding the situation based on learning and cognitive concepts, decision-making based on hypothesis driving (creativity and diverse subjective patterns), and the ability to create organizational infrastructures. Data entered in the SPSS software version 23 and the Shapiro-Wilk test, Independent t-test, Mann-Whitney test, one-way ANOVA test, and Kruskal-Wallis test were used for data analysis.
Results: The results showed that most of the senior and middle managers in the fields of education (88.2%) and research (89.5%) had poor strategic thinking. The highest score of the dimensions of strategic thinking was related to the “future imagination and focusing on it” for education managers (28.9 out of 32) and “decision-making based on hypothesis driving” for research managers (28.8 out of 36). It was also observed that there was a significant relationship between the status of strategic thinking and work experience as a demographic variable (P = 0.03).
Conclusions: Based on the results, it is necessary to take serious measures to improve the status of strategic thinking by providing university managers with training the relevant skills and paying attention to the skills as a criterion for managers’ selection and evaluation processes.
Keywords: Strategic Thinking; Senior Managers; Middle Managers; Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
Please cite this article as follows:
Gholamzadeh Nikjoo R,Jannati A,Samadpour F.The Strategic Thinking Status of Educational and Research Managers of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in 1395.hakim Health Sys Res.2018; 21(3): 221- 229.
*Corresponding Author: Ph.D., Department of Health Services Management, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management,  Health Services Management Research Center, Faculty of Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Tel: +98-4133251376, Email: gholamzadehr@tbzmed.ac.ir
 
Keywords: Strategic Thinking - Senior Managers - Middle Managers - Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: General
Received: 2018/01/23 | Accepted: 2019/03/4 | Published: 2019/03/4
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