Introduction: Controversies in Healthcare Innovation – Service, Technology and Organization

  • Thomas Hoholm
  • Antonella La Rocca
  • Margunn Aanestad


The chapters of this volume help answer the question: what is the role of controversies in innovation? Being anchored in different theoretical frameworks (organization studies, theories of industrial networks, and infrastructure theory), studies in this volume converge in taking a practice- and process-oriented approach to innovation, and focus on some controversial aspects relating to how innovation (in the forms of a new medical artefact, an IT system, a new organizational solution or a public-driven change/reform) unfolds in practice. While controversies might be perceived as barriers to creative change and a hindrance to innovation, observations reported in this volume produce a somewhat different view – that controversies can also have an energizing role.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Hoholm
    • 1
  • Antonella La Rocca
    • 1
    • 2
  • Margunn Aanestad
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of StrategyBI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway
  2. 2.Health Services Research CenterAkershus University HospitalLørenskogNorway
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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