Department of Organization

  • Centre for Advanced Studies on Project Management
  • Centre for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI)
Kirstine Zinck
Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.93

My research attends to the organizational, practical, and ethical implications of recent transformations of the public sector - and in particular to the assumptions and constitutive effects of quality and safety reforms in the healthcare sector. In my book Organizing Patient Safety: Failsafe Fantasies and Pragmatic Practices (2018, Palgrave) I inquire into the international preoccupation with patient safety and the faith in the possibility of creating failsafe organizations through system-improvements.

Current research projects include an ethnographic investigation into the introduction of clinical pathways in cancer treatment with specific attention to reconfigurations of clinical practice and medical reasoning (supported by the Danish Cancer Society) and an examination of medical professionalism from an ‘ethics of office’ perspective (supported by the Velux Foundation). Conceptually, I combine an engagement with American pragmatism, primarily John Dewey, with a wider interest in practical philosophy, classic organization theory, and medical sociology.

Primary research areas
  • Healthcare organization, clinical work, medical reasoning and the office of medicine
  • Risk, safety and quality management
  • Public sector reform and change  
  • American pragmatism, primarily John Dewey 
  • Philosophy of science and qualitative methodology
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  • Change Management, MSc in Business Administration and Psychology (Cand. Merc. Psyk.)
  • The Organization of Healthcare Innovation, MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care (IHC)
  • Management of Reform and Change, Master of Public Governance, CBS Executive Master programme
  • Qualitative Methods and Philosophy of Science, BSc in Business Administration and Project Management, CBS (HA Pro)
  • The Health Care Innovation Project, MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care (IHC)
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Patient Safety and Organizational Learning
Abstract from The 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012, 2012
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Patienten som diskurspolitisk styringsredskab
In: Ledelse gennem patienten: Nye styringsformer i sundhedsvæsenet. . ed. /Peter Kjær; Anne Reff. København : Handelshøjskolens Forlag 2010, p. 27-45
Book chapter > peer review
Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Patientens politiske diskurshistorie
2008, 125 p.