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A value case methodology to enable a transition towards generative health management: A case study from The Netherlands

Arjella van Scheppingen (TNO, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands)
Nico Baken (KPN, The Hague, The Netherlands and TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands)
Gerard Zwetsloot (TNO, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands)
Ellen Bos (TNO, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands)
Frank Berkers (TNO, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands)

Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting

ISSN: 1401-338X

Article publication date: 26 October 2012




Health is a main resource for human functioning. Embedding generative health management within organisations, therefore, is useful for health and productivity reasons. Generative health management requires a change in the thinking and actions of all stakeholders, and should be regarded as a system transition that may be supported by a value case. In this study, a value case methodology is described and piloted. The aim was to investigate the efficacy of the value case methodology for generative health management within organisations.


This paper takes the form of a case study, in which the interactive value case methodology is piloted within a research foundation in The Netherlands.


The different perspectives from the internal stakeholders on generative health management were made explicit, and revealed a strong relation between organisational development and health. The interactive value‐case methodology has initiated a process in which stakeholders jointly defined the full value of generative health management. During that process, some stakeholders developed an active personal commitment towards the transition.

Research limitations/implications

The research was only carried out in one case. The value case methodology is potentially also useful for other transitions (long‐term complex developments or system innovations). The case study provided a broad view on the relevance of health for all stakeholders within this single case, and contributed to ownership of the transition.

Practical implications

A value case presents stakeholders' multi‐perspective visions and preferences with regard to health and organisational development. The participative approach opens up ways to an active commitment of relevant stakeholders who are willing to support transitions.


The methodology to assess the full value of complex transitions is still of an explorative nature. The value case methodology may offer innovative ways to support transitions in individuals, organisations and society as a whole.



van Scheppingen, A., Baken, N., Zwetsloot, G., Bos, E. and Berkers, F. (2012), "A value case methodology to enable a transition towards generative health management: A case study from The Netherlands", Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 302-319.



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