Walsh, John and Petcharat Lovichakorntikul, “Thitsar-Yazar Hospital: A Case Study of Mandalay’s Economic and Social Change,” paper presented at the National Conference on Management and Higher Education (Stamford University, Bangkok: May 30th, 2014).
Located in Myanmar’s northern capital of Mandalay, Thitsar-Yazar hospital is a private sector healthcare provider competing in a newly-opening economy making a transition from a command closed economy to one that is open and treading a path to democracy. This is a path that cannot be pursued without acknowledging the shadows of the past, which are manifested in physical form by the competitive conditions of contemporary capitalism and the market conditions brought about as a result. It is found, therefore, that the ways in which the hospital must compete in the present are conditioned not just by current circumstances but by the events of the past. Those people involved in the case study exist in different levels of awareness of the nightmares of the past.