Systemic and Human Empowerment in the Revolution of Health Care
Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Eudaimonia
Faculty: Oulu Business School
Many of the Western welfare societies are at the doorsteps of profound, even revolutionary, change of their societal systems to respond to phenomena, such as aging of population and increase of chronic illnesses. In Finland, the social welfare and health care reform is named as one of the biggest changes of the societal governance and practice. It means profound change in the organizing of the services and re-organizing of the work of hundreds of thousands of people involved in health care. The project examines the transformative organizational change processes in various multi-actor settings within health care and hospital contexts with emphasis on the empowerment of people. It combines research on organizing and strategizing in networks, entrepreneurial management, and participatory leadership with ideas derived from cultural-historical activity theory to answer the question: How can humans be empowered for transformative change of the health care system?