Systemic and Human Empowerment in the RevoLution Of Health Care


Welfare societies are changing their health care systems to respond to complex phenomena, like aging population and increase of chronic illnesses. This changes the organizing of services and re-organizing of people’s work in health care. The project examines organizational change processes in various multi-actor settings in health care and hospital contexts.


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Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu

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University of Oulu

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Project description

SHERLOC examined health care change and innovation processes from a systemic and human-centered perspective aiming to answer the overall question: How can humans be empowered for transformative change of the health care system? The focus of the study was on hospitals and hospital innovation activities, as well as the working practices and operating models of health care professionals and health care businesses.

When the project started in 2018, the reform of social welfare and health care was named as one of the biggest changes of the Finnish societal governance and practice. A few years later, the change in the sector is once again heavily discussed because of structural, financial, and other challenges, as well as the issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The project studied internal change processes, decision-making and barriers to innovation in public healthcare. Moreover, it examined the development and operations of healthcare innovation platforms by both public hospitals and private firms.

Project actions

SHERLOC researchers reach out to different networks. One example of this is involvement in the Health & Innovation Special Interest Group (SIG) at the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). As stated on the SIG webpage, “the SIG brings together researchers, practitioners, consultants, and alike, to identify and share best practice on innovation management in health, and to create awareness of innovation management and adoption process in healthcare industry. The SIG aims to promote networking, knowledge sharing, and joint research and publication among experts in this context, and those interested in it.”

For more information on SIG and examples of activities see the following links:

SIG Health & Innovation

Junior Researchers Interact - Health & Innovation paper ideas development session - YouTube

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