Organizational Healthcare Innovation Performed by Contextual Sense Making

  • Anne Reff Pedersen
Part of the Organizational Behaviour in Health Care Series book series (OBHC)


Organizational change occurs when innovative ideas are implemented and translated into the everyday life of healthcare organizations and concerns the involvement of local healthcare professionals. A number of studies describe the resistance professionals can exhibit during organizational change processes (Bloom, 1998; Sehested, 2002). One way of gaining an understanding of this resistance is by investigating the meanings healthcare professionals derive from the implementation process and by examining how meanings can become a driver for involvement in the implementation process, but also by looking at how losses of meanings can become a barrier to involvement. This chapter investigates the contextual meanings of healthcare professionals in healthcare innovation processes. The term ‘meaning’ refers to the storyteller’s creation of meanings from narrative knowledge and narrative practice (Bruner, 1986; Humle and Pedersen, 2014).


Healthcare Professional Innovation Process Implementation Process Innovation Project Patient Involvement 
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