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Organisational culture: pursuing a theoretical foundation within the Finnish public oral health‐care context

Kirsti Kasila (Researcher at the Research Center for Health Promotion, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Marita Poskiparta (Lecturer in Health Education, at the Research Center for Health Promotion, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

At the moment, Finnish oral health care is undergoing many changes. Little attention has been paid to issues of organisational culture and communication in Finnish oral health care. Yet the question of culture is of primary importance for changes in an organisation and for planning and reconstructing the rational functioning of an organisation. The purpose of this paper is to examine Finnish public oral health care within a theoretical framework of organisational culture and to identify the various cultural traits that appear to characterise Finnish oral health care. Using a cultural point of view, we develop an orientation for understanding more profoundly and specifically the processes concerning the functioning and change of oral health care.

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Kasila, K. and Poskiparta, M. (2004), "Organisational culture: pursuing a theoretical foundation within the Finnish public oral health‐care context", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 258-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/09526860410549362

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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