A theory of organizational response to hospital regulation: a reply to Smith and Mick. Academic Article uri icon


  • Smith and Mick identify four basic problems with the theory the present writers developed to explain organizational responses (in this case the behavior of hospitals) to regulation. They challenge the basic assumption regarding autonomy, disagree with the implied cause and effect relations between organizational response and regulation, criticize the omission of goals, and claim that the theory has only limited generality. In so doing they state that their primary concern is with "improving our understanding of the limitations and benefits of the theory." Each of the four topics they raise for consideration will receive comment.

published proceedings

  • Acad Manage Rev

author list (cited authors)

  • Cook, K. S., Shortell, S. M., Conrad, D. A., & Morrisey, M. A.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Cook, KS||Shortell, SM||Conrad, DA||Morrisey, MA

publication date

  • April 1985