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A systematic-qualitative research for diffusion of innovation in the primary healthcare centers

Alireza Aslani (Department of Industrial Management, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland)
Marja Naaranoja (Department of Industrial Management, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland)

Journal of Modelling in Management

ISSN: 1746-5664

Article publication date: 16 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss a model for diffusion of innovation among the professionals of primary health-care centers in Finland. The authors answer partially to one of the important questions of the policymakers titled “How primary health-care centers can move toward systems that continuously improve their innovation?”.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic-qualitative framework based on an action research is presented to assess dynamics of diffusion of innovation in the primary health-care centers in Finland.

Findings

The authors conceptualize the innovation systems of primary health-care systems by three different diagrams: subsystem diagram, policy structure diagram and causal loop diagram. The investigation reviews innovation process of Finnish professionals (staffs, nurses and doctors) in the frame of a systematic-qualitative analysis. The relationships and consequences of decisions and policies are discussed with a new way of thinking in the health-care sector studies.

Originality/value

The implemented systematic-qualitative research in this article is an innovative approach in the innovation studies of the health-care systems.

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Citation

Aslani, A. and Naaranoja, M. (2015), "A systematic-qualitative research for diffusion of innovation in the primary healthcare centers", Journal of Modelling in Management, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 105-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/JM2-04-2013-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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