Jeffrey A. Alexander, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Alexander

Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Management and Policy

Professor, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, School of Business

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3507 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-1194; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Jeffrey Alexander is the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Management and Policy. His teaching and research interests focus on organizational change in the health care sector, multi-institutional systems, governance and physician participation in institutional management and policy-making.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, Dr. Alexander taught in a number of academic settings including the University of California-Berkeley, Northwestern University, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also served as Assistant Director and Senior Researcher at the Hospital Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

Courses Taught

Additional Courses
HMP801: Doctoral Seminar on Health Services System II


Ph.D., Sociology (Organization Theory), Stanford University, 1980
M.A., Sociology, Stanford University, 1978
M.S., Health Services Administration, Stanford University, 1976
B.A., History, University of Texas, 1969

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Alexander's research includes studies of physician-system alignment, governance of public-private community health partnerships, organization and staffing practices in mental health delivery settings, and the effects of managed care on drug abuse treatment practices.

Selected Publications

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Nembhard, I. M., Alexander, J.A, Hoff, T., & Ramanujam, R. (2009). Understanding implementation failure in health care delivery: A role for organizational research and theory. Academy of Management Perspectives, 23 (1), 1-27.

Alexander, J.A., Lee, S., Wang, V., & Margolin, F. (2009). Changes in the monitoring and oversight practices of NFP Hospital Governing Boards 1989-2005: Evidence from three national surveys. Medical Care Research and Review, 66 (2), 181-196.

Alexander, J.A, Hearld, L., Young, G., & Weiner, B. (2009). How do system affiliated hospitals fare in providing community benefit? Inquiry, 46 (Spring), 238-251.

Campbell, C., Alexander, J.A., & Lemak, C.H. (2009). Organizational determinants of women's duration in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36 (2), 307-319.

Alexander, J.A., & Hearld, L. (2009). What can we learn from quality improvement research?: A critical review of research methods. Medical Care Research and Review, 66 (3), 235-271.

Damschroder, L., Aron, D., Keith, R., Kirsch, S., Alexander, J., & Lowry, J. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science, 4 (50), 543-555.

Alexander J.A., & Hearld, L. Quality improvement research: Capturing the effects of organizational context and process in implementation. Medical Care (accepted for publication)

Alexander, J.A., Hearld, L., Scanlon, D., Hurley, R., & Christiansen, J. Issues and challenges of capacity building in regional health alliances. Health Education and Behavior (accepted for publication)

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Public Health Association
Member, American Sociological Association (Medical Sociology Section)
Member, Association for Health Services Research Academy of Management