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Behavioural and operational outcomes of a Master’s programme on improvement knowledge and leadership: A survey study

Annika Maria Margareta Nordin (School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden)
Kristina Areskoug-Josefsson (School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden and Department of Behavioural Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 17 July 2019

Issue publication date: 15 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate behavioural changes and operational outcomes resulting from a Master’s programme on improvement knowledge and leadership in the Swedish welfare sector. The welfare sector is the collective term for tax-funded services the state, county councils and municipalities are responsible to provide.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey combined open-ended and closed questions using a five-point Likert scale. The questions were based on the learning objectives of the Master’s programme. The survey was sent to 139 graduates and achieved a response rate of 41 per cent (57 respondents). Responses were entered into a survey programme to enable the descriptive presentation of data; open-ended responses were analysed using conventional content analysis.

Findings

Respondents reported their increased knowledge and changed behaviours had impacted operational outcomes, e.g. processes efficiency, compliance with guidelines and quality. They said the programme was of value to themselves and society but requested more leadership knowledge. All respondents recommended the programme to others.

Originality/value

By operationalizing the Kirkpatrick framework, the paper describes outcomes on levels three and four, and the use of numerous best practice techniques for adult learning. This is valuable knowledge for organisers of improvement knowledge educations.

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Citation

Nordin, A.M.M. and Areskoug-Josefsson, K. (2019), "Behavioural and operational outcomes of a Master’s programme on improvement knowledge and leadership: A survey study", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 525-542. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-09-2018-0049

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