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The U.S. health system continues to experience a persistent shortage of Registered Nurses. A promising innovation to address this problem is the "Magnet hospital concept" which comprises a set of organizational practices to enhance recruitment and retention of nurses. This concept has received limited theoretical development concerning its adoption and diffusion as an organizational innovation. Eight major organization theories are used in this paper to analyze the magnet concept and develop a series of propositions for empirical investigation related to its adoption and diffusion. This paper contributes to furthering theoretical development of the magnet concept as a basis for empirical research and thereby contributes to its future propagation to the degree it is a beneficial innovation.
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