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PhDEthical Competence in Digitalization – the Changing Operational Environment in Social and Health Care Sector

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This Doctoral Candidate position deals with the ethics of health and social care management. The position is related to investigating and advancing issues of the healthcare ethics from the perspective of healthcare management and digital services. The current reform of the health and social services system in Finland emphasizes the integration of services, and consequently, the role of digital services is regarded important for enhancing customer-friendliness and efficiency of service paths. The successful reform requires new competences, i.e. ethical competence, and the transformation of organizational cultures in which managers are the main agents of chance.

An ideal candidate has experience and knowledge of real-life ethical dilemmas of healthcare managers. The candidate should have a solid theoretical background and experience in healthcare ethics through former studies and/or work experience as, e.g., a manager of a healthcare unit. The candidate should have good command of English and Finnish because the field studies will be run in Finland involving Finnish-speaking informants. Detailed knowledge of the Finnish health care system will be considered as an advantage, as well as skills in analyzing survey data.

The candidate will obtain empirical data for the dissertation research from the ongoing and future projects in Laurea University of Applied Sciences. COPE (Competent Workforce for the Future) is a consortium project funded by the Academy of Finland, the Strategic Research Council in 2016-2019, exploring the transition in health and social services and its impact on employment, competence needs and competence development. One set of the data will come from the COPE survey for healthcare professionals, enabling comparisons between the educational levels of professions in terms of the reported real-life ethical dilemmas. Other sets of data concerning ethical issues of digital services and organizational change will be obtained in forthcoming projects still in the application process. High quality of the research projects will ensure the quality of the data and support from the research team.

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States