Time for a Change at The Change Foundation
(9 pages of text)
The Change Foundation is an independent charitable foundation founded in 1996 by the Ontario Hospital Association with the mandate to promote, support and improve health and the delivery of health care in Ontario. In 2006, its board of directors undertook a renewal process to evaluate its strategic directions and measure the value-add of progress to date. A planning session with a variety of key stakeholders had resulted in the development of a draft plan for going forward, which included hiring a new chief executive officer. When she began assessing the plan in January 2007, she faced several major issues and concerns about how the foundation should refocus its activities and transform itself. Before she could start to rebuild, however, she had to decide what its future direction should be.
This case can be used in graduate- and undergraduate-level courses covering health sector leadership, health care management, stakeholder management and strategy. The teaching objectives are:
- To develop an understanding of the various stakeholders in health care research and their competing interests.
- To examine the issues of leading change under a change-resistant board.
- To identify the challenges of achieving innovative system-level impact in Canadian health care.
- To experience a start-up entrepreneurial venture and uncommon blank slate strategic freedom.
Health Care Services
Canada, Small, 2007
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