Financial performance drivers and strategic control: The case of cancer treatment centers

Rigoberto I Delgado, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Strategic control is defined as the use of qualitative and quantitative tools for the evaluation of strategic organizational performance. Most research in strategic planning has focused on strategy formulation and implementation, but little work has been done on strategic performance evaluation particularly in the area of cancer research. The objective of this study was to identify strategic control approaches and financial performance metrics used by major cancer centers in the country as an initial step in expanding the theory and practice behind strategic organizational performance. Focusing on hospitals which share similar mandate and resource constraints was expected to improve measurement precision. The results indicate that most cancer centers use a wide selection of evaluation tools, but sophisticated analytical approaches were less common. In addition, there was evidence that high-performing centers tend to invest a larger degree of resources in the area of strategic performance analysis than centers showing lower financial results. The conclusions point to the need for incorporating higher degree of analytical power in order to improve the tracking of strategic performance. This study is one of the first to concentrate in the area of strategic control.

Subject Area

Management|Health care management

Recommended Citation

Delgado, Rigoberto I, "Financial performance drivers and strategic control: The case of cancer treatment centers" (2009). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3344383.