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Update on Healthcare Management Department at Management Science

  • 1.  Update on Healthcare Management Department at Management Science

    Posted 02-06-2020 11:36

    Dear all:

    On behalf of the Management Science Healthcare Management Department we would like to thank you for your support and enthusiasm for the department. We are writing to give the community an update on the state of the department, as well as to share some news regarding our editorial team.

    The Department was established in January 2018 to recognize the large and growing amount of exciting work in the space of healthcare management and is quickly becoming one of the premier outlets for publishing research into the management of healthcare.

    Over the past two years, we have received 134 submissions from 21 countries; 17 were fast track submissions. We have been committed to a fair and timely review process: the average time to a decision for a regular paper is 32 days for rejected papers, 58 days for a reject and resubmit decision, 93 days for a major revision, and 31 days for a minor revision.

    As the department continues to grow, we are very pleased to announce that Carri Chan agreed to become Department Editor together with Stefan Scholtes. We are excited to represent a broad array of areas within the department and would like to use this opportunity to share below our revised Department statement.

    We have also expanded our pool of Associate Editors to bring additional expertise in health information systems and healthcare data analytics. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the new AEs for agreeing to serve as well as thank the AEs who are continuing to serve. Their tireless efforts to promote quality, provide constructive feedback to authors, and promote broadly the exciting new research developments in healthcare management have been key to the department's success. The list of AEs includes:

    Turgay Ayer, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Indranil Bardhan, University of Texas at Austin
    Bob Batt, University of Wisconsin
    Mohsen Bayati, Stanford University
    Steve Chick, INSEAD
    Sarang Deo, Indian School of Business
    Guodong (Gordon) Gao, University of Maryland
    Jeremy Gallien, London Business School
    Diwakar Gupta, University of Texas, Austin
    Robert Huckman, Harvard University
    Ludwig Kuntz, University of Cologne
    Mark van Oyen, University of Michigan
    Kamalini Ramdas, London Business School
    Sergei Savin, University of Pennsylvania
    Nicos Savva, London Business School
    Andrew Schaefer, Rice University
    Steven Shechter, University of British Columbia
    Robert Shumsky, Dartmouth College
    Bradley Staats, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Tolga Tezcan, London Business School
    Anita Tucker, Boston University
    Serhan Ziya, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Finally, we would like to thank the members of the community for supporting the department. Please continue to send us your exciting and important work in these areas. 

    With warm regards,
    Carri and Stefan


    Department Statement for "Healthcare Management"
    Management Science

    The department invites submissions that advance knowledge of how to better organize and manage the delivery of healthcare services in developed, emerging or developing economies. Papers will offer rigorously evaluated insights that have the potential for practical impact. Impact can be measured in many ways, including implementation with statistically and practically significant results, recommendations that can be directly applied in practice, as well as results which will shift the standard manner in which healthcare practitioners (e.g. senior managers, clinicians, policy makers) think about their systems and challenges.

    Papers should focus on significant challenges of healthcare management and derive motivation from real-world challenges facing existing healthcare systems/providers. This may include improving patient access, improving outcomes and patient experience, reducing costs, reducing errors, managing demand, optimizing patient flow, measuring and improving population health, optimizing public health programs, leveraging technology, engaging the workforce, developing new business models, improving alignment and coordination between organizations, or improving organizational learning and innovation capabilities.

    The department encourages submissions that engage with current industry trends and their managerial challenges, such as the digitization of patient records, genomics and precision medicine, machine learning to guide care decisions, value-based healthcare, integrated care, patient empowerment, behavior, and choice.

    Papers may draw on theory across disciplines, as appropriate for the problem addressed, and use statistical, modelling or experimental methodologies. The department particularly welcomes papers that exploit large, granular datasets and leverage the emerging field of data analytics.

    Criteria for publication are (i) the paper's potential for practical impact, (ii) the strength of its analysis and evidence, (iii) the originality of its main insight. Both modelling and empirical papers are expected to include an intuitive explanation of the main insights (the "story" of the paper) that is digestible by practitioners. This may be done in the introduction or hypothesis development section (if applicable). The department prefers short and focused papers. The submission must include a brief nontechnical executive summary for senior healthcare leaders, explaining the paper's main insight and its potential for practical impact (max 200 words).


    Carri W. Chan
    Associate Professor of Business
    Columbia Business School
    3022 Broadway, Uris Hall 410
    New York, NY 10027