How can different actors align meaning, values and philosophy in the implementation of welfare technology, in the cooperation between industry and municipalities?

Theresa Brynildsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This study explores how the implementation of welfare technology takes place in a private - public innovation process. To meet the growing number of elderly, new and modern methods is an important part of the local health and care services in Norway. The study has its focus on what happens in the interaction between the actors involved in a pilot project called Trygge Spor (Safe Tracks) carried out by SINTEF and five municipalities. SINTEF is Scandinavia's largest independent research organization ( 1 The purpose of this study is to conclude whether the industry and municipalities, based on different meaning, values and philosophies, is optimally functioning with respect to the organizational challenges related to the implementation of welfare technology. The project involves testing out Global Positioning System (GPS) with fifty-five users living in their own home over a time period of six months. An important part of the project Trygge Spor is to evaluate the effect of the use of GPS in relation to the user, their relatives and staff in the care sector. A report develop by the Norwegian Health Directorate stresses that the aim behind the implementation of welfare technology is to give the elderly a better opportunity for taking care of themselves and their own health (NOU 2011:11)2 Based on this report, one can argue that welfare technology can create a better standard of living for the elderly living in their own home as well as providing security for both themselves and their relatives. I want to go more in depth to find out people’s attitude toward the use of future welfare technology. This will be explored by focusing on four sub questions which I have addressed to answer my research question. In this paper I suggest that a useful way of understanding and assessing organizational change around welfare technology is through examining the shared cognitive assumptions that people have about welfare technology and its role in their organization.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages106