A New Medical District in Austin, Texas: A Study of Implementation




Ward, Kathryn E.

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Purpose: The purpose of this research is two-fold. The first is to explore the obstacles to the successful implementation of a new medical district composed of a University of Texas medical school and a teaching hospital in Austin. The second purpose is to explore the strategies to overcome those obstacles to implementation. Method: This research uses two working hypotheses, each composed of three sub-hypotheses to explore the threats to and solutions for the implementation of the new medical district in Austin. A limited case-study method is used to assess the hypotheses, which are tested through focused interviews with those identified as responsible for the implementation process of the medical district. Findings: The results indicated an adequate level of support for the working hypotheses. Primary and secondary recommendations are provided based on the results of the study along with suggestions for further, future research. However the results should be considered with caution because this is a qualitative study, based on the verbal reports of nine individuals, and is limited in external validity.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Summer 2013.


new program implementation, medical district, Austin, TX, Public Administration


Ward, K. E. (2013). A new medical district in Austin, Texas: A study of implementation. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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