Sara Tolf

Sara Tolf

Research Specialist
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C7 Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik, C7 MMC Nyström, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am Phd in medical management and I have basic training at Uppsala
    university in Human Relations focusing on organizational sociology. My
    research focuses on how hospital organizations cope and act on the
    increasingly complex, changing and unpredictable environment and how
    hospitals better can link and balance operational and strategic levels in
    order to meet the needs of patients and using public financing optimally.
    To date, development initiatives in Swedish hospitals have principally
    addressed improvement of processes on operational levels and how to improve
    care processes as such. Less emphasis has been paid to develop the strategic
    ability of a hospital management to interpret and act on environmental
    changes. By turning to other research fields, like strategic management and
    process designs in private industry we attempt to explore ideas, developed
    in other fields that potentially could influence hospital organizationis to
    improve their design of how to link the ever-changing environment to the
    every day work with care. Being very conscious about the differences in
    logic between a private market and the public service context, we try to
    understand what, if any, mecanisms fits the context as a hospital, functions


  • 2017. Lecturer in the master program course “Health care organization and
    management (7, 5 credits)”.
    2015-2016 .Lecturer, examiner, supervisor in the master program course
    ”Leadership and organization “ (30 credits) part 1 och 2, LIME,
    Karolinska Institutet
    2009-2011 Coordinator and lecturer for the nurse program course, semester
    five, titled “Pedagogics, Informatics and Leadership” (7, 5 credits),
    LIME, Karolinska Institutet


All other publications


  • Research Specialist, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Karolinska Institutet, 2017

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