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Conforming to accreditation in Iranian hospitals

Agrizzi, Dila and Agyemang, Gloria and Jaafaripooyan, Ebrahim (2016) 'Conforming to accreditation in Iranian hospitals.' Accounting Forum, 40 (2). pp. 106-124. ISSN 0155-9982

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This paper examines the operation of an accreditation programme for hospitals in Iran. It explores the process of accreditation as a regulatory control system and analyses hospitals’ responses to this type of control. We draw on the notion of steering and argue that the accreditation system is transactional in nature. Our findings show that hospitals conform to the scheme, although they also resist some of its requirements. On a wider policy level, we suggest that accreditations offer the accreditor the opportunity to impact on how activities are undertaken, but hospitals require incentives in order to make the necessary organisational changes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare; Hospitals; Performance management; Accreditation; Iran
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 11:21
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:12

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