Summer School - Leadership in Health Care, 24 - 28 August 2015, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jul 08, 2015

Deadline: Aug 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 24, 2015 12:00 to Aug 28, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School

In this multi-disciplinary course on leadership, we zoom in on the hybrid role of healthcare professionals who are also (frontline) managers. The course is rooted in the healthcare sector but takes an organizational sociological perspective. We address the following 5 topics in 20 weeks blended online Master course; 1. Introduction on Leadership in Healthcare 2. Dealing with Hybrid roles in Healthcare Management 3. The influence of Professional Habitus on Healthcare Leadership 4. Healthcare organizations: different logics in one building 5. Healthcare leadership in action: Failing and Learning. Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Healthcare organizations are difficult to manage. Different logics and value systems are at play. Leadership and management are of importance when aiming at ensuring high-quality patient care, employee satisfaction, and overall organizational effectiveness. This is particularly so for frontline managers; they are the key interface between care, cure, and managerial control as they are “close to the action”.

Despite an impressive amount of research in the field of healthcare leadership and management, there are to date only a few studies examining leadership in terms of its practices related to the professional habitus of these health professionals, in the context of everyday work. In this course, we will try and bridge this gap by working with you on your own professional development as a leader and in making the next step in your career in healthcare.

After completion of this course you will be able to:

• Make the next step in your career in healthcare leadership.
• Contribute to enhancing the quality of care and patient safety in your healthcare organization.
• Understand the added value of both clinically and managerial strong healthcare leaders.
• Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in management and leadership (research) in healthcare.
• Differentiate between several research methods, like shadowing or diary method, of the Managerial Work and Behavior approach and use them in several small field studies
• Explain the concepts of habitus, hybrid management, institutional logics and issues concerning managerial work in action
• Characterize and describe the daily work of a manager in the organizations you work in.
• Read and elaborate on managerial and leadership research related to healthcare organizations
• Discuss and reflect on the experiences of shadowing with fellow students

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Pieterbas Lalleman MA BSN is a nurse and an organizational sociologist. He worked as manager in healthcare and previously as a visiting research scholar at Pace University-New York and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Now he works as a researcher at the Research Center for Innovations in Healthcare on a Ph.D. project on managerial work and competing professional logics in hospitals


Guest lectures from Utrecht University School of Governance and Strategic Human Resource Management, Open University School of Management, Sioo Inter-university Center for Organization Studies and Change Management, Manchester Business School, Warwick Business School, and Utrecht Faculty of Medicine.


Early or mid-career healthcare professionals (BSc, MA, MSc, MD, or Ph.D.).
Working, have worked, or having access to a hospital or other healthcare institution
Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing
Access to internet connection


The aim of the course is that you will become familiar with the basic issues leadership and management in large healthcare organizations deal with on a daily basis. We will raise your organizational awareness, give insight into your professional (clinical) background in relation to leadership challenges. Please remember that this course has a focus on your professional socialization as a healthcare professional (e.g. physician, nurse) in the lead. We will not cover the more administrative topics like finance, accounting, planning, control but will have a more activity orientated stance towards you as a leader or manager (to be) in your own daily work


Phase 1: one full week of daily classes, workshops, and excursions in Utrecht (36 contact hours, 34 hours preparation, self-study, and final assignment)
Phase 2: online course for 20 weeks starting on Monday the 7th of September with a workload of approximately 8 hours a week.

Have access to the book: ‘Leadership in Health Care: a European Perspective’ (Neil Goodwin, 2005, Routledge Health Management). ISBN: ISBN-10: 0415343283 | ISBN-13: 978-0415343282


• € 1295 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 765 - Course + course materials (for UU-students)
• € 765 - Course + course materials (for HU-students)

If you are interested in this course but are not able to join us in Utrecht in the last week of August you can choose to only follow the online track starting in September. Visit the Elevate website - for more information.

Will you attend a course on Healthcare or Life Science? As a student of Utrecht Summer School, you'll receive a 30% discount on all courses of Elevate Health, the online academy founded by Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht. Elevate offers a broad curriculum of interactive online courses in the field of medical and veterinary sciences. After confirmation and payment of your Summer School course, you'll automatically receive your personal discount code to enroll in your Elevate course. Please visit the Elevate website to see the complete course overview.


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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


Pieterbas Lalleman MA BSN
Phone: 0031 610512726

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