Healthcare innovation is a hot topic among policy makers, researchers and professionals, attracted to the longstanding public debate by high expectations of the potential benefits. Putting innovation into practice, however, is often more complex than expected, and the results are sometimes even disappointing. This book delivers in-depth insights into healthcare innovation processes, based on the lessons learned in five case studies of innovation practices. The book introduces a multidisciplinary approach to the governance of healthcare innovation: ‘Situated Novelty’. In the Situated Novelty approach, innovation is not just about novelty. It emerges from contextualized, interactional and time-dependent processes and has different meanings in practice.
Situated Novelty emphasizes the importance of never-ending processes that construct innovations and their value. In this view, the governance of innovation consist of attempts made to influence emergent, temporary and fluid processes of change. Situated Novelty has major implications for innovation practice, management and policy as it has the potential to change current attitudes to innovation and opens up new possibilities to act. Overall, the Situated Novelty approach argues for deeper practical and theoretical reflection on the essence and meaning of innovation. This book will interest all concerned with the management, organization and governance of innovation in healthcare practice and beyond.

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K. Putters (Kim) , E. Breedveld (Elly) , I. Wallenburg (Iris)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Health Care Governance (HCG)

Janssen, M. (2016, September 16). Situated Novelty : a study on healthcare innovation and its governance. Retrieved from