Shortell receives research scholar award from Academy of Management

Stephen M. Shortell, Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Dean Emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, received the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from the Health Care Management Division (HCMD) of the Academy of Management. The Academy of Management is committed to advancing theory, research, education, and practice in the field of management and publishes five journals.

The research scholar award is provided annually to an individual who has an outstanding record of high-quality scholarship and research in the field, an outstanding record of external funding, and editorship of a major journal or book series. Shortell was cited for his pioneering work in applying the discipline of organizational theory and behavior to health services research and health policy issues.

“I am honored to have received this recognition from the Academy.  I have been very fortunate in my career to have worked with some outstanding colleagues and staff and the contributions we have made have been truly collective,” says Shortell.

Among Shortell’s contributions have been the development of instruments to measure communication, coordination, and leadership in intensive care units. He has also assessed the performance of intensive care units and quality improvement programs in hospitals. His conceptualization and assessment of integrated delivery systems, along with others’, provided much of the conceptual and empirical foundation for the development of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) concept in the Affordable Care Act legislation. Along with colleagues, he has worked to link health care service delivery issues to broad-based community and social determinants of health in examining community care networks.

Shortell is currently conducting research on physician organizations and ACOs. He is also examining the role that increased patient activation and engagement will play in the reformed health care system.

Shortell received the Distinguished Research Scholar Award at the HCMD's recent annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

by Linda Anderberg