Managerial competencies – A survey of hospital managers’ working in Kathmandu valley, Nepal

Deepak Kumar Khadka, Milan Gurung, Nawaraj Chaulagain


Background: Managerial competencies are sets of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes that a person needs to be effective in a diverse managerial job. This study sets out at assessing the level and gap of current actual and ideal required competency, important competency statement, and association between respondents’ biographics with a current actual competency level of hospital manager.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey used self-administered questionnaire based on Senior Management Service (SMS) competency framework of Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) for health manager consists of a set of eleven generic competencies conducted purposively in fifty-one hospital managers working within the Kathmandu Valley. Individual variables were summarized using frequency distribution focused on central tendency and dispersion. Relationships between variables analyzed by using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and significance of difference in the competency profile determined by Wilcoxon signed rank test.

Results: Highest self-assessed most developed competencies were honesty and integrity, service delivery innovation,
and communication and information. The least developed were program and project management and knowledge management. Most important competencies regarded as strategic capability and leadership; and human resources management and empowerment. Significant gap exists in all generic competencies except communication and information and, honesty and integrity. There was no any significant association between respondents’ biographics with current actual competency level.

Conclusions: Findings back up the belief of managerial competency lacking and enormous need for development which reflects the local hospital management environment reality. Innovative approaches of management development programs and formal academic programs can improve and link the competency gap among hospital managers of Nepal.

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Journal of Hospital Administration

ISSN 1927-6990(Print)   ISSN 1927-7008(Online)

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