SOURCE: Harvard School of Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health

July 09, 2012 06:00 ET

Harvard Faculty and Industry Experts Collaborate on Strategies for Building a Competitive Advantage in Health Care

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) -  As the health care industry continues to evolve, the need to understand the forces at work in the marketplace has never been greater. Forces of Change: New Strategies for the Evolving Health Care Marketplace (David A. Shore (Ed), Jossey-Bass, July 2012) brings together Harvard faculty and thought leaders from across industry sectors. The book provides readers with a broad view of the American health care marketplace, along with strategies for building and sustaining a competitive advantage in this rapidly changing environment.

This groundbreaking book is based on an innovative model developed by David A. Shore, PhD. This model serves as the foundation for his Forces of Change executive education program. Forces of Change offers an invaluable exploration of the latest thinking on how organizations and their leaders can navigate an ever-changing health care marketplace. The book's emphasis on creating competitive advantage and developing implementation strategies could scarcely be more timely. More information on Forces of Change can be found here. Forces of Change authors who will also participate in the 2012 executive program include:

  • Michael Dowling, CEO of North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System, will discuss managing stakeholder interests in hospitals and health systems

  • Ashish Jha, C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, explores electronic health record implementation

  • Lucian Leape, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, focuses on the future of patient safety

  • David A. Shore, Director of the Forces of Change Program and Trust Initiative and Director of the Project Management in Health Care Certificate and Executive Programs at the Harvard School of Public Health, will lead the program and discuss implementing change initiatives

About the Forces of Change Program
The Forces of Change executive education program provides health care leaders with direction on strategic issues at their organization. In an economic landscape that demands improved efficiency, reduced costs, and enhanced quality, Forces addresses critical success factors at the intersection of health care and business with a focus on how to effect change. Forces of Change is ideal for those seeking to improve the quality of patient care, reduce the cost of providing that care, enhance stakeholder satisfaction, address critical workforce challenges, and in the process, create a unique and sustainable competitive advantage. Forces of Change offers not only an overview of the challenges in the health care industry, but also powerful tips, tools, and techniques for overcoming these obstacles.

About Harvard School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Harvard School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education (ECPE) offers two day to two week non-degree programs focused on local and global health care and public health issues. Harvard faculty and industry leaders direct programs on a variety of subjects, executive education, and leadership training specific to public health and health care organizations. For more information, please visit