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Written by Simon Neby   
Friday, 22 May 2009 11:49

 The 4th Nordic Workshop on Health Management and Organization, 2-3 December, 2009, Trondheim


The Nordic health care systems are currently in the midst of substantial reform. The region is thus part of the wave of healthcare reforms underway in most industrialised countries. This call for reforms has been spurred by a number of factors. Most importantly, the increasing financial burden of governments combined with a desire to improve the resource allocation to health services has put pressure on the public health sector. This development has been paralleled by a market-oriented reform wave washing over the public sector of many countries under the term New Public Management, which emphasizes the need to rethink how the public sector organizes and manages itself.  In addition, the introduction of new medical technology and therapies, combined with patient and citizen concerns over the access to and quality of health care, have given rise to new demands within health services. Furthermore, health economists have displayed considerable concern over the inefficiency of health services, given little evidence of significant improvement in health outcomes despite increasing health spending. In the Nordic countries particularly the challenges related to cost increases and the insufficient ability of hospitals to absorb patient inflows have led to the introduction of quasi-market mechanisms, such as waiting list guarantees, patient rights to free choice of hospitals, and activity-based funding schemes combined with other NPM-inspired reforms as well as increased focus on patient pathways, integrated care, prevention and health promotion in coordination between different public authorities.


The purpose of the 4th Nordic Workshop on Health Management and Organization, 2009, is to address these changes and challenges from the view of patients, professionals, managers and politicians, and the implications for governance, management and organisation within the healthcare field. We invite contributions from the fields of sociology, political science, economics, history, anthropology, communication, organisation, and management relating to the seven thematic areas below.


The conference is arranged in cooperation with, and sponsored by, the Research Council of Norway’s Research programme on health and care services.  


Invited speakers:

Professor Ole Berg, Institute of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo.

Professor Richard B. Saltman, The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia / European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.



1.      “Effects of new economic governance forms in the Nordic health systems” (Karsten Vrangbæk & Terje P. Hagen)

2.      “Challenges in leading health professionals at the clinical level” (Peter Kragh Jespersen & Lars-Erik Kjekshus)

3.      “Strategy and change in the institutional environment of health care” (Svein Ivar Angell, Simon Neby & Peter Kjær)

4.      “Patient choice in the Nordic countries” (Ulrika Winblad Spångberg & Mio Fredriksson)

5.      “Organisation of mental health services” (Johan Håkon Bjørngaard & Per Bernhard Pedersen)

6.      “Social inequalities in health in the Nordic countries” (Terje Andreas Eikemo & Steinar Westin)

7.      Management of health issues in migrant populations” (Ursula-Georgine Goth)



The organising committee:

Pål E. Martinussen, SINTEF, Dept. of Health Services Research
Linda Midttun, SINTEF, Dept. of Health Services Research
Tone Opdahl Mo, SINTEF, Dept. of Health Services Research
Beate M. Huseby, SINTEF, Dept. of Health Services Research / Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Dept. of Public Health and General Practice
Jon Magnussen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Dept. of Public Health and General Practice
Lars-Erik Kjekshus, University of Oslo, Inst. of Health Management and Health Economics


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Written by Simon Neby   
Monday, 31 August 2009 11:59

Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge arrangerer igjen NEON-dagene, denne gangen ved Universitetet i Agder i Kristiansand. Temaet i år er "grenseoverskridende organisasjoner", og flere av de i alt 20 sesjonene er aktuelle for forskere som på ulike måter er opptatt av helsetjenester og organisasjoner. Konferansen finner sted 18-20. november.

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