Exploring the Added Value of Women Health Care Managers in Poland

Katarzyna Czabanowska, Alicja Domaga*, A A, Stavroula Kalaitzi, Aleksandra Krogulec, Genc Burazeri, Suzanne Babich

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Introduction: Female managers in the Polish health
care system are seldom a subject of scientific
investigation. Material and Methods: This study
describes the share and profile of women in health
care management positions and explores how
and why Polish female health care managers add
value to the leadership of health care organizations.
Three data collection methods were used
including: scoping review, analysis of data from
governmental information bases and in-depth
interviews with female health care managers.
Results: Men comprise nearly twice the number
of hospital directors in Poland as compared to
women, or 67% of the total representation. Traits
often attributed to women including strength,
perseverance, multi-tasking, empathy, emotional
intelligence and intuition add value in leadership
roles. Polish women managers value the complementarity
of genders in professional roles and
their contribution to constructive collaboration.
Conclusion: The study contributes to the scarce
literature on Polish female health care managers.
Keywords: health care management, female leadership,
gender equity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-385
Number of pages6
JournalMateria Socio Medica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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