Department of Organization

  • Pro&Con - Project Studies Group
  • 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; Jessica Mesman / A Transactional Approach to Patient Safety : Understanding Safe Care as a Collaborative Accomplishment.
In: Journal of Interprofessional Care, Vol. 35, No. 4, 7.2021, p. 503-513
Journal article > peer review
Sarah Wadmann; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Den økonomisk ansvarlige læge i krisetider : Konstituering af lægerollen i 1930erne og 1970erne.
In: Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2020, p. 72-88
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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
Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / John Dewey on Public Office and Representative Democracy
In: European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1.2020, p. 75-95
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Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Gerard de Vries; Klasien Horstman; Simone Bateman; Sylvie Allouche; Jérôme Goffette; Michela Marzano; Roma Harris; Nadine Wathen; Sally Wyatt / Section 2: Responsibility
In: Health, Technology and Society. ed. /Andrew Webster; Sally Wyatt. : Palgrave Macmillan 2020, p. 75-134 (Health, Technology And Society)
Book chapter > peer review
Trine Pallesen; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Travelling Models of Fallible Man
Paper presented at 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020, 2020
Paper > peer review
Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Anne Roelsgaard Obling / ‘It's all about Time’ : Temporal Effects of Cancer Pathway Introduction in Treatment and Care.
In: Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 246, 2.2020
Journal article > peer review
Dane Pflueger; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen / Assembling Homo Qualitus : Medical Professionalism in the Age of Quality.
In: Academy of Management Proceedings 2019. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2019, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > 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
Journal article > peer review
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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