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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Paul du Gay; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Discretion and Bureaucracy
In: Discretion and the Quest for Controlled Freedom. ed. /Tony Evans; Peter Hupe. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2020, p. 221-236
Book chapter > peer review
Charles L. Bosk; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Blind Spots in the Science of Safety
In: The Lancet, Vol. 393, No. 10175, 3.2019, p. 978-979
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Paul du Gay; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Anne Roelsgaard Obling / Character and Organization
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2.2019, p. 36-53
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Kirstine Z. Pedersen; Anne Roelsgaard Obling / Organising through Compassion : The Introduction of Meta-virtue Management in the NHS.
In: Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 41, No. 7, 9.2019, p. 1338-1357
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Paul du Gay; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth; Kirstine Pedersen; Anne Roelsgaard Obling / Character and Organization
Abstract from XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018, 2018
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Anne Roelsgaard Obling / Compassionate Care : The Managerialization of Virtue.
In: The Triumph of Managerialism? : New Technologies of Government and their Implications for Value. . ed. /Anna Yeatman; Bogdan Costea. London : Rowman & Littlefield International 2018, p. 145-161
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Organizing Patient Safety : Failsafe Fantasies and Pragmatic Practices.
London : Palgrave Macmillan 2018, 279 p. (Health, Technology and Society)
Book > peer review
Kirstine Pedersen / Professionalism between the Authority of Expertise and the Authority of Office
Paper presented at XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018, 2018
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Paul du Gay / Discretion and Bureaucracy
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Organisatorisk trumfkort eller reduceret dømmekraft? : Et pragmatisk perspektiv på kræftpakker.
In: Når teknologier holder mere, end de lover: Kritiske perspektiver på ledelse af velfærd. . ed. /Anders La Cour; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Holger Højlund. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2017, p. 141-166
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