University of Oulu

Hyrkäs, P., Lunkka, N., Reponen, J. and Suhonen, M. (2022) ‘Factors enabling innovation activities: combining perspectives of personnel and management of a public university hospital’, Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp.70–90.

Factors enabling innovation activities : combining perspectives of personnel and management of a public university hospital

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Author: Hyrkäs, Pauliina1,2; Lunkka, Nina3; Reponen, Jarmo4,2;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, PL 5000, FI-90014, Finland
2Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, Finland and University of Oulu, PL 5000, FI-90014, Finland
3Department of Health and Social Management, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland
4Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, PL 5000, FI-90014, Finland
5Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-03-21


Innovation activities are actions intended to generate innovations, and innovations are novel, implemented items or actions, that improve processes. The research on enabling innovation activities in public hospitals is limited. This study identified key factors that enable innovation activities by combining statements made by representatives from management (n = 13) and personnel (n = 9) at one Finnish public university hospital. The study used semi-structured interviews and content analysis. According to the results, unified and authorised practices are needed to counterbalance and organise the extreme complexity typical of public hospitals. Both, hospital personnel and management called for assistance with complementary expertise in innovation management.

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Series: International journal of innovation and learning
ISSN: 1471-8197
ISSN-E: 1741-8089
ISSN-L: 1471-8197
Volume: 31
Issue: 1
Pages: 70 - 90
DOI: 10.1504/ijil.2022.119637
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
520 Other social sciences
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