Harvard Business School
Asociación Chilena de Seguridad (ACHS)
Outlines the history of the Asociacion Chilena de Seguridad (ACHS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of work-related accidents and illnesses. ACHS is part of the Chilean system of “workers insurance organizations,” known generically as “mutuales.” By law, these organizations may not be administered directly or indirectly by any for-profit company. At the end of 2003, ACHS administered seven hospitals, 27 clinics, and 70 medical centers throughout Chile. However, due to efficiency in accident prevention and advancements in medical treatment, hospital infrastructure far exceeded demand. To deal with this problem, ACHS is reviewing a possible alliance with one of its competitors. Focuses on this dilemma, along with the pending succession of the organization’s president, who has led for 45 years. Illustrates the delicate balance between pursuing financial goals and remaining loyal to the organization’s mission.
Publicado en: Harvard Business School