The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 91–96 | Cite as

The development of a corporate philosophy in a mental health organization

  • Terry L. Stawar
  • Scott C. Griffiths
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The importance of a corporate philosophy for a mental health organization is addressed in light of concepts such as organizational climate and corporate culture. The functions, benefits, and potential drawbacks of a corporate philosophy are discussed along with a review of some of the executive skills required to manage a corporate culture. A case study of the development of an organizational philosophy in a mental health organization is presented along with a sample statement of philosophy and organizational credo. Outcomes are described and implications for decision making, service delivery, and management are discussed.


Senior Management Joint Commission Corporate Culture Organizational Climate Service Priority 
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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry L. Stawar
    • 1
  • Scott C. Griffiths
    • 2
  1. 1.Mental Health Services of Orange County, Inc.Orlando
  2. 2.Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services District VII AlcoholDrug Abuse, and Mental Program OfficeOrlando

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