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Journal:   MEDICAL JOURNAL OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN (MJIRI)   2017 , Volume 31 , Number 1; Page(s) 0 To 0.

Essential managerial skills for financial and budgetary management in medical universities: The top managers' perspective



Author(s):  JAVANI ALI, ABOLHALLAJE MASOUD, JAFARI JAVAD, Fazl Hashemi Seyed Mohammad Esmaeil*
* Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran / Center of Budgeting and Performance Evaluation, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
Background: Achieving organizational objectives depends on the effectiveness of administrators. However, managerial efficacy largely depends on the knowledge and skills of managers. This study aimed at assessing the skills of financial and budget management of the Ministry of Health from the perspective of resource development assistants of universities of medical sciences nationwide. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2012. Study participants were resource development assistants of universities of medical sciences in Iran. We adopted simple random sampling method in locating participants. Data were collected using pretested questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive statistics and Mann-Whitney test (as a non-parametric test) and Friedman test. Results: The highest mean recorded under financial management skills was technical skills (3. 58± 0. 50), followed by human skills (3. 50± . 048), and perceptual skills (3. 32± 0. 52). With regards to financial and budget management and performance monitoring, the means of technical skills, as prioritized by directors, was 3. 72± 0. 71, followed by human skills (3. 72± 0. 70), and perceptual skills (3. 66± 0. 75). A significant association was found between perceptual skills of financial managers and budgeting and performance monitoring managers (p= 0. 014). Conclusion: Operational level managers, such as financial and budgetary managers, need to acquire more technical skills. Therefore, we support activities that promote technical skills and awareness of managers within organizations, such as organizational training courses and distribution of educational materials like brochures.
Keyword(s): Managerial skills,Financial management,Medical universities
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