Medical managers' beliefs about reduced-hour physicians

Jennifer K. Hartwell, Rosalind C. Barnett, Stephen Borgatti

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This paper examines medical managers' beliefs about the impact reduced-hour career paths for physicians has on organizational effectiveness. The findings of this exploratory inductive study of 17 medical managers at nine medical organizations in the Boston area suggest that managers believe the benefits of reduced-hour physicians (RHPs) far outweigh the disadvantages. However, many of their reasons appear to be exploitative of RHPs. In particular, managers believe that employing RHPs results in increased managerial control and that RHPs should: work more than they are compensated for; do a disproportionate share of the undesirable work; and remain extra flexible and available to the organization. An interpretation of the findings based on psychological contract theory is offered, and may help to illuminate other results reported in the literature, including some controversial findings that reduced-hour workers tend to have poor health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-278
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Organization and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004


  • Clinical medicine
  • Hospital management
  • Part time workers
  • Psychological contracts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy


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