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Politikk, Organisasjon og Ledelse i Spesialiserte Kunnskapsorganisasjoner


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Principal objectives and sub-goals 

The aim of the project is to develop relevant knowledge, durable partnerships and modules for education and research that may assist the health institutions in their efforts to improve service delivery and create more innovative structures for organization and management. 

  • Generate research on the preconditions for change in health care by the means of comparative research
  • General Competence development in organization and management of health care 
  • Develop a forum for research on organization and management of health enterprises, in cooperation with Health Bergen, as well as a Nordic and International research group and network 

Project summary 

The responsibility for the Norwegian public hospitals has been transferred from the counties to central government. Five regional health enterprises have been established, and there has been a reform in the rights of patients, and in the way hospital departments are to be managed. The aim of this project is to study such processes of reform and change within the Norwegian health care sector, make comparisons with Sweden, Denmark and other countries, and estimate the consequences for quality, cost efficiency and legitimacy. Three research areas are focussed:

  1. The ambition to establish autonomous organizational units, with a focus on the health enterprise. 
  2. The dynamics involved in the strive for transparency, exemplified by the introduction of still more detailed instruments for monitoring of performance and quality, as well as patient’s rights to be informed. 
  3. Management and leadership. To establish a more professional and distinct managerial role at all levels is a major ambition for most of the recent reform programs. 

A comparative research design is employed - regional, cross-national and global - in order to analyze the relationship between reform activities, organizational changes and service provision.

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