Zahra Ghafari


Digital technology has become a continuous disruptor in healthcare research, education, record keeping, and communication, resulting in both opportunities and challenges. The purpose of this study was fourfold, to (a) identify the leadership practices of healthcare executives, (b) measure the attitudes of healthcare leaders toward technology, (c) explore the relation between leadership styles and attitudes toward technology, and (d) examine the relation between demographic factors (gender, age, practice type) and attitudes toward technology. Healthcare leaders in the United States were recruited from different specialties. They were asked to respond to 3 survey instruments: The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ5X), Affinity for Technology (ATI) scale, and a demographic survey. The goal of this research project was to use quantitative analysis to identify the leadership styles that may contribute to acceptance of (or resistance to) healthcare digital technology. Previous researchers had found that increased transactional, transformational, and adaptive leadership skills were associated with engagement with institutional transformation. These leadership skills also tended to be associated with belief in ethical-social responsibility and continuous talent development of all stakeholders. Thus, these particular leadership skills were expected to be relevant to attitudes toward the adoption of new technology in the workplace. Results supported this, showing that in isolation both transactional and transformational leadership were associated with increased affinity for technology.

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Medical care -- Technological innovations; Medical informatics; Medical personnel -- Attitudes; Health services administrators

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Sublett, Cameron;