From implementation towards change management: a plea for a multi-stakeholder view on innovation implementation; comment on "What managers find important for implementation of innovations in the healthcare sector - practice through six management perspectives"

Monika Martens, Hilario Lorenzo Xin Chen, Josefien van Olmen

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In their 2021 paper, Palm and Persson Fischier focus on the enabling factors that can facilitate innovation implementation, specifically the step of moving from idea generation to implementation in a healthcare context. The authors address the lack of concretization of theoretical perspectives related to the implementation of innovations and hence propose to work holistically with six management perspectives. Our commentary provides new interdisciplinary angles to the six perspectives, from management and organization literature to theory of change management. This provides future innovation managers with different viewpoints and inspires creative thinking and reflection. Our commentary also critiques the emphasis on the enablers and hence a constructionist-based approach to change management. We plea that a focus on the 'good, bad, and ugly'-or rather all moods of change-is warranted in order to support holistic and successful change.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)3118-3124
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Change Management
  • Innovation
  • Implementation
  • Organisational Change
  • Practice Theoretical Management Perspectives

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