First 100 employees in Karolinska's Innovation Programs


More than 100 Karolinska employees have now completed one of the three innovation programs offered by the Center for Innovation at the hospital. The purpose is to spread the use of evidence-based methods for systematic innovation in order to increase the ability to drive innovation throughout the organization. As a positive side effect, it often leads to increased joy at work as well!

Increases the ability to drive innovation systematically – and brings joy to work!

The Karolinska Center for Innovation is developing innovation management within the context of a university hospital. The aim is to increase the ability to lead and spread innovation through increased use of evidence-based knowledge as well as practice-based experience. As part of this ambition, the Center for Innovation has tailored three different innovation programs:

  • Innovation Ambassador – how to drive innovation projects
  • Innovation Leadership Program – how to use innovation as a strategic tool and support innovative employees
  • Innovation Manager – for employees with innovation management as profession

The programs are in great demand, not only from Karolinska staff but also from other parts of the region and even other parts of the world. 



Annika Thoresson
Phone: +46 (0) 70-085 67 59
E-mail: Annika Thoresson


innoLead – developing innovation management in the university hospital context

The innovation programs was formed within a project, innoLead, that ended in February 2020. The accumulated knowledge from the project is now used to strengthen systematic innovation at the Karolinska University Hospital, increasing the ability to develop and implement new processes, methods and ways of working. This will in turn leverage highly specialized healthcare and create added value for patients.

Parties: The Karolinska University Hospital (Center for Innovation, Leadership Development/HR, Karolinska University Hospital Laboratory and clinical departments) together with researchers from the Karolinska Institutet (Health Care Management) and the Royal Institute of Technology (Innovation Management).

Financed by Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency.

Project Manager: Annika Thoresson, Center for Innovation, Karolinska university Hospital.


The Center for Innovation