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European Journal of International Management
European Journal of International Management


Thematic Issue: Managing National Healthcare: Economics, Culture, and Strategic Choice

Guest Editor: Joseph Cheng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Central to the recent global debate on national healthcare are issues concerning economics and cultural values that drive decisions affecting the scale, scope, and delivery of health services (both preventive and treatment) provided for a country’s population. While most agree on the goal of seeking quality healthcare at an affordable price, wide disagreement exists, both within and across nations, about who (government, individual, or third party) should pay for what service and whether national healthcare should operate as a business, public welfare programme, or a social enterprise. In the absence of clear evidence favouring one option over another, policymakers engage in “strategic choice” (Child, 1972), choosing between value-based priorities and criteria of operational effectiveness in making national healthcare decisions.

Subject Coverage
This thematic issue seeks to publish research that helps delineate the complex nature of national healthcare and offers evidence-based recommendations for its effective management. We are particularly interested in topics which include but are not limited to:
  • studies that investigate fundamental tensions between economic concerns and cultural values surrounding national healthcare, and how these tensions can be resolved or managed through strategic choice
  • submissions that seek to frame the debate in novel and creative ways with the aim of introducing innovations into the design and/or delivery of healthcare at different levels of operation (e.g., individual, organization, regional, country, and international).
  • contributions that examine topics related to policies and practices concerning the development of new drugs, particularly those that combat rare and neglected diseases, given the important role played by pharmaceutical companies in the healthcare field

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Authors interested in submitting to the Thematic Issue should send an abstract (maximum 3 double-spaced pages) to the guest editor at the address below summarizing the key ideas of their paper and how it helps advance fundamental knowledge about national health care and its effective management. EJIM publishes both conceptual and empirical works, with special interest in papers that develop interdisciplinary knowledge by integrating theoretical ideas and research methods from two or more disciplines.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 1 November, 2010

Deadline for Abstract Review Notification: 15 December, 2010

Deadline for Full Paper Submission: 1 May, 2011