Humanly efficient management


Humanly efficient management continues the previously carried out project Meaningful work.  Both projects are part of a Humanly Efficient Hospital, a long term development project carried out in the Lapland Hospital District. The leadership and management project is carried out between 2013 and 2017.

The Humanly efficient management is a joint research project carried out by Lapland Hospital District, Northern Ostrobothnian Hospital District and the University of Lapland.


Public health care in Finland as a whole can be considered personnel intensive, knowledge intensive and skill intensive. It requires management and leadership that is up to par, able to simultaneously, and as far as possible also seamlessly carry out human leadership based on knowledge and on efficiency. The humanly efficient management project is aiming at this by researching and developing management and leadership in public health care combining the human and the efficient dimensions in a natural way.


The research project aims to study and develop the dimensions of humanly efficient management. Through research we create the preconditions for developing the working life, especially the management in public health care. 

The aim is to influence the health sector to provide a better, safer and more productive work experience. With humanly efficient management, we aim to create genuinely more attractive work places where people are valued and the management practices support the working communities.

Management – leadership

Management and leadership have become a profession that must develop and find viewpoints fit for our time. Leadership is not just a quality of a single industry, organization or person. Rather, it is a part of real working life situations, relationships and experiences, part of the changing objectives and of the varying networks, and it serves the organizations and work communities, and the whole working life in a sustainable way.

In the public sector, the need and importance of human and person-centered management and leadership stems from many factors, but especially the changes taking place in the work, the systems, work communities and organizations. In the multidisciplinary, operationally and culturally challenging health care organizations it is particularly important to consider the human factors.

The human dimension refers to positive-authentic leadership that emphasizes the managers' skills to understand and confront individuals, communities and businesses and their experiences and to discover the positive reality of working life upon which the management and the operation of the work community can be built as part of public healthcare services.

Another cornerstone of humanly effective leadership is the dimension of performance that is based on knowledge and its management. This dimension of efficiency is simply about what are the typical ways of handling the knowledge capital of the actors in public health management as information and knowledge are identified, acquired, processed and distributed, stored and utilized.