Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 129–140 | Cite as

A Linear Goal Programming Model for Human Resource Allocation in a Health-Care Organization

  • N. K. Kwak
  • Changwon Lee


This paper presents the development of a goal programming (GP) model as an aid to strategic planning and allocation for limited human resources in a health-care organization. The purpose of this study is to assign the personnel to the proper shift hours that enable management to meet the objective of minimizing the total payroll costs while patients are satisfied. A GP model is illustrated using the data provided by a health-care organization in the midwest area. The goals are identified and prioritized. The model result is examined and a sensitivity analysis is performed to improve the model applicability. The GP model application adds insight to the planning functions of resource allocation in the health-care organizations. The proposed model is easily applicable to other human resource planning process.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. K. Kwak
    • 1
  • Changwon Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Decision Sciences and MISSaint Louis University, School of Business and AdministrationSt. Louis

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