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Written by Simon Neby   
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 14:28

The research project "Autonomy, Transparency and Management. Reform Dynamics in Healthcare - a Comparative Program" at the Rokkan Centre has recently launched a web-based publication series. The series consists of master theses, dissertations and other work from students and researchers associated with the project, and provides a comprehensive dive into recent research within healthcare organization and management. The publications, free of charge, can be found at the website www.polis.no - in Norwegian.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 14:34
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


Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2009 21:06
CBS Conference on health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simon Neby   
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 10:32

Invitation to Conference on Health - Call for abstracts

Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
September 13-15, 2010

Key note speakers and stream conveners: Senior Lecturer, PhD Monica Greco, Associated Professor, PhD Thomas Lemke, Professor Alan Petersen, Professor Paul Du Gay and Associate Professor, PhD Eric Mykhalovskiy.

Conference organizers: Associate Professor, PhD Nanna Mik-Meyer and PhD fellow Anne Roelsgaard Obling.

Health – A new religious awakening in Western Societies?

Some scholars claim that health has taken over the role of religion in contemporary Western societies. Health has become synonymous with happiness and the possibility of living a perfect life. Health has become a matter of truth, intertwining norms, human practices and power relations. Today life itself is permeated by different kinds of health strategies, which situates the medicalised body as subject and object of regulation. The individual subject is now expected to experience the inner and outer world, and rebuild its own identity in relationship to a discourse of health and well-being. Speaking in the light of health is, as Monica Greco claims, a very powerful rhetoric. In this conference we have invited some of the most influential scholars working in the fields of sociology, history of medicine and the body, politics of bioethics, critical theory etcetera to discuss the prominent, normative role of health today. They will touch upon questions such as: How does the sociology of the body and the way we reflect upon diseases connect to neoliberal thinking? How do technologies of health differ from other technologies of subjectification? How does health and well being discourse define us as human beings? How does the normal differs from the pathological in these discourses? And are we all becoming somatic individuals?

The conference will involve a combination of plenary lectures from five key note speakers, and the presentation of papers by conference participants in smaller, themed groups. The groups will be organized in following tracks:
1)      Health as religion: the normative role of health in contemporary Western societies
2)      The politics of bioethics: bio-medicine, neo-liberalism and health
3)      Health care professionals, patients, citizens and the re-organizing of private and public domains
4)      Identity formation in health discourses: the sick body as object and subject of regulation

Important dates:
April 1, 2010: Abstract
May 1, 2010: Notification of decision of acceptance
August 10, 2010: Full Paper

Email contact information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Abstracts should be approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document, single spaced, excluding references). New and young scholars with 'work in progress' papers are welcomed. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Note that due to restrictions of space, multiple submissions by the same author will not be timetabled. Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. State the title of the track to which you are submitting your abstract. Abstracts should be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Papers should be approximately 7500 - 10000 words. Work in progress is accepted as well as full papers.
Price of conference: 100 Euro (including lunch, coffee, conference materials)

Welcome to NOHR! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 May 2008 07:17

Nordic Network for Healthcare Management Research (NOHR)

Why a Nordic network for research on the organization and management of helathcare?

  • Healthcare has become increasingly important in national and international politics, equally so in welfare state ”modelling”
  • Recently, there has been an active period of reform and change; this activity has reinvigorated the theoretical and analytical approaches made by researchers - more perspectives and methods are used
  • There is a need for exchange of research results and findings, as well as exchange of theoretical perspectives - learning from each others ’ experiences seems important 

What are the purposes of such a network?

  • To arrange annual meetings for researchers and students that take an interest in Nordic health management and organization
  • To exchange information, and make research available through NOHRnet.org
  • To develop comparative research and encourage cross-disciplinary work 

We invite you all to participate in the further development of the network!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2008 09:48
Second Call for Papers: PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simon Neby   
Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:58

5th Nordic Conference on Health Organization and Management

Copenhagen January 13-14, 2011

Aalborg University and Copenhagen Business School

You are hereby invited to submit a paper to the 5th Nordic Conference on Health Organization and Management in Copenhagen.


1) Organizing innovation in healthcare settings. Convenors: Birthe Dinesen, Aalborg University, and Susanne Waldorff, CBS.
2) Cooperation and coordination in health care. Convenors: Janne Seemann, Aalborg University, and nn.
3) Quality and performance in healthcare. Reforms, results and management: Convenors: Maria Blomgren, Uppsala University, and Morten Knudsen, CBS
4) Healthcare policy and healthcare reforms: Convenors: Haldor Byrkjeflot, Rokkan Sentret, and Karsten Vrangbæk, Danish Institute of Governmental Research.
5) Hybrid management and leadership in healthcare organizations. Convenor: Lars Erik Kjekshus, Oslo University.
6) Organizing and managing health prevention. Convenor: Nanna Mik-Meyer, CBS

Organizers: Associate Professor Janne Seemann (Aalborg University) and Associate Professor Peter Kjær (Copenhagen Business School). Contact Peter Kjær ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for further information.

Keynote speakers: To be announced.

Submission and deadlines: To submit an abstract, go to www.nohr2011.cbs.dk. Deadline for submission of abstracts (1-2 pages) is November 1st. Deadline for submission of full papers is December 15th.

Conference fee: 1200 DKK, covers participation, coffee, lunches and conference dinner.

Time and place: The conference begins at 10 AM on January 13 and ends at 4 PM on January 14 - at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Kilevej 14A, Frederiksberg.

Conference website: www.nohr2011.cbs.dk


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