Innovation in Medical Education: How Linköping Created a Blue Ocean for Medical Education in Sweden
Medical TeacherTheme: Blue ocean strategy applied to analyzing Linköping Health University for medical education in Sweden.
Summary: The authors note that it is a common practice among managers to translate ideas from one sector to another. Drawing from the field of strategic management, they suggest employing the blue ocean strategy frameworks to understand the dynamics of innovation and success in the field of medical education. They analyze the case of Linköping Health University in Sweden using blue ocean strategy principles, tools and frameworks to show how Linköping was able to break boundaries and create a divergent offering by eliminating, reducing, raising, and creating different components of the curricula. They suggest that a strategy canvas can be combined with the SPICES (Student-centered, Problem-based, Integrated, Community-based, Elective-dominant, Systematic) model for medical education to graphically illustrate the difference between traditional and innovative medical schools. The authors show that Linköping leaders were able to turn the threat of closure into an opportunity by reconstructing market boundaries, and that the success of this model can be replicated.
Reference: Savage, C., and M. Brommels. “Innovation in Medical Education: How Linköping Created a Blue Ocean for Medical Education in Sweden.” Medical Teacher 30 (2008): 501–507.