Dr. Robert Pearl and the Permanente Medical Group Of Northern California: A Lesson in Strategic Leadership
Dr. Robert Pearl, newly elected as CEO in 1999, faced a massive new challenge: saving Kaiser Permanente from imminent bankruptcy. From 1999 to 2017, Dr. Pearl transformed Kaiser Permanente from a dysfunctional organization to one of the largest and most lauded in the U.S.
Dr. Pearl strategically shifted the organization from the lowest-cost provider to one with superior quality and service at a competitive price. He achieved this goal by applying an “art to science” approach to drive down operational costs and persuading otherwise reticent doctors.