A wide array of industrial process management principles (IPMPs) permeated companies operating in industrial and service production during the 1980s and 1990s. Their consistent application has had widespread positive influences on the efficacy, effectiveness, cost efficiency and quality of large-scale production. The extent to which IPMPs have been applied to the production of healthcare services is largely unexplored. The proposed paper is a meta-analytical study based on a bibliometric analysis of 309 articles published in journals contained by the Social Science Citation Index. In addition to categorizing and analyzing a large population of research articles, it assumes a holistic perspective in an attempt to identify linkages among, and configurations of, core theories and concepts underlying the research that has been performed on the application of IPMPs in healthcare. The paper discusses the nature of the discourse and identifies core areas of application as well as significant research gaps. With an overview of the key reported outcomes, the results have implications to researchers and practitioners alike. This article contributes to organization theory by systematically (bibliometrically) analyzing and structuring the discourse related to the use of industrial process management theory in healthcare research. The findings point out research gaps and avenues for further research. This article puts forth a research agenda urging for empirical research that links tangible and manageable governance modes and practices with e.g. process efficiency, quality, resourcing and technology. Key words: Healthcare management, bibliometric, industrial process management, TQ
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