Symposium 2014


 The 8th Novo symposium

  November 6 - 7, 2014 in Copenhagen

  Sustainable Health Care Production Systems

Novo vision

The vision of the NOVO-network is “a Nordic Model for sustainable systems in the health care sector”. The core idea of NOVO is that we want to link together development and research of the three aspects of the NOVO-triangle: work environment, efficiency and quality of care.

Novo Symposium 2014

Nordic countries, as well as other countries, are seeing the light at the end of the economic crisis. However, the problems in the healthcare sector are still comprehensive. We are still demanding more and better healthcare to be delivered faster at less cost. Lean and New Public Management are two much used approaches to increase productivity and meet new health care targets. Health care is complex and improvements targeting one issue often have negative impact other aspects of the system.
Innovations are needed for more cost-effective services. Large organizational reforms have been implemented in most Nordic countries in order to increase efficiency and quality of care. However, lack of resources and poor employee well-being are also part of the story. Often, efficiency, quality of care and work environment are developed separately although we have increasing scientific evidence supporting their interrelationship.
High level of organizational social capital (thrust, collaboration and justice) seems to be a significant prerequisite in the process towards development of more sustainable health care systems considering all 3 “corners” of the NOVO triangle.
Several international studies show that the Nordic countries are top rated in terms of organizational social capital. On this basis we presume that the Nordic countries offer an excellent “experimental site” for development of “a Nordic Model for sustainable systems in the health care sector”. The NOVO network and our yearly Symposia aim to offer a researcher venue for discussions along this line.

Topics of the Novo symposium 2014
• Implications of New public management in health care
• Innovative health care
• Sustainable Health Care Production Systems
• Lean management and sustainability
• Other topics are also welcome as long as at least two corners of NOVO-triangle are included. Priority will be given to papers including work environment issues.

Instructions for authors
The abstracts should be in English and contain a maximum of 350 words apart from title, authors and affiliations, and should contain:

1. Title, names of authors, name and email of presenting author bolded, affiliations of authors with indications in the same order.
2. Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Conclusions.
3. Tables or figures are not accepted.
4. The title should not have abbreviations and in the text they should be spelled out and explained the first time they are used.

Presenters are asked to indicate whether they prefer an oral- or a poster presentation. However, the scientific committee attains the right to decide. Please, submit the abstract as a Word (or rtf) file, electronically to with “Abstract NOVO” in the subject line and the file should be named after the author(s) no later than September the 1st.
The scientific committee retains the right to decline submitted abstracts if they do not fulfill the above criteria, or general scientific standards. Further information concerning presentations will be provided upon acceptance (October 11).

NOVO 2014 will be held at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby in the outskirts of Copenhagen.

Address: Technical University of Denmark, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, Bygning 101, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

The conference will be in a conference room called “Glassalen”, on the ground floor, in the cantina of building 101.

Preliminary program
Day 1: 9.00- 10.00: Registration, 10.00-1100: Keynote Prof. Dr. phil. Holger Pfaff, Center for Health Services Research, University of Cologne, Köln, Germany, 11.00–17.00: Conference sessions, 18.00: dinner.
Day 2: 8.30–9.30: Keynote Professor Per Langaa Jensen, Technical University of Demark, 9.30–11.30: conference sessions, 12:30-13:00: Keynote Docent Lars Nordgren Lund University, 13:00-16:00: conference sessions

Further information
More information about the symposium contact Kasper Edwards (, +45 4525 6010).

Important dates
Deadline for special session proposals: 1. September 2014
Abstract submission, deadline: 1st September 2014
Decision of abstract acceptance: 11th October 2014
Deadline for early registration (300€, see below): 18th October 2014 Registration after 18th October 2014: 400€

We have reserved two hotel options at reduced price: 1) Ibsens Hotel in central Copenhagen which will require some public transport and 2) Scandic Eremitage close to the university.

1) Ibsens Hotel, Vendersgade 23, 1363 København, Denmark. Single Superior room – 1000 DKK per night. This reservation option expires October 4th 2014.

2) Scandic Eremitage, Lyngby Storcenter 62, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby. Single room 1190DKK pr. night. This reservation option expires October 19th 2014.
Booking: or phone +45 45887700. Use booking code BDAN041114

Conference Fee
300€ including coffee, lunches and conference dinner. After October 18: 400€
Please register for the NOVO-symposium at:
Payment is done as part of the registration process and options are Credit card or bank transfer. If you select bank transfer, detailed information will be emailed as part of the registration confirmation.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen

Kasper Edwards, Technical University of Denmark
Jørgen Winkel, Technical University of Denmark and University of Gothenburg
16 OCTOBER 2019