Exnovation – another kind of sense-making in Health Care

Public Lecture with Jessica Mesman at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Date and time: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 2.00-3.30 pm.

Venue: DTU Building 101 (entrance A), room S09 (ground floor)

In connection with a brief visit to DTU, Jessica Mesman (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) will be holding a Public Lecture at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby Campus. The lecture will be titled “Exnovation – another kind of sense-making in Health Care” and is open to everyone (participation is free of charge, but prior registration will be required, please see below for further instructions).

A bio on Jessica Mesman, as well as a brief outline of her upcoming lecture may be found further below.

For those interested in attending the lecture, please send an e-mail to Yutaka Yoshinaka ( yosh@dtu.dk ) to that effect, by Tuesday, August 5th, at 3 pm.

For further inquiries please do not hesistate to contact either Angelos Belatsas-Lekkas (able@dtu.dk) or Yutaka (yosh@dtu.dk).

Please feel free to distribute this announcement widely to anyone who may be relevant – thank you.

Best regards

Angelos Belatsas-Lekkas and Yutaka Yoshinaka

DTU Management Engineering, Division of Technology & Innovation Management


Public Lecture / Jessica Mesman: Exnovation – another kind of sense-making in Health Care

Jessica Mesman (Maastricht University) will discuss her efforts to make a difference in practices related to patient safety. She will reflect critically on the dominant understanding of patient safety, noting that improvement of patient safety should not only be based on error-reducing activities, but also on a sophisticated understanding of the vigor of health care practices. She will then outline an alternative research agenda: one that concentrates on the resources of safety, notably the informal or unarticulated ones. The exploration of latent resources can be considered as a form of ‘exnovation’. First, the approach can be characterized by a conceptualization of ‘safety’ as an emergent property, and of ‘practice’ as being inherently imperfect. Second, it has its focus on the presence of safety and on the competencies of frontline clinicians to preserve adequate levels of safety within real-life complexities. And third, qualitative research is an important method of investigation and intervention. In the last part of the lecture, the method of video reflexivity will be discussed as an example of this kind of intervention.

Bio: Jessica Mesman is Associate Professor at the Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University. Her current research interests include the anthropology of knowledge and the method of video-reflexivity in critical care medicine, particularly the exnovation of informal and unarticulated dimensions of establishing and preserving safety in health care practices. Together with Rick Iedema and Katherine Carroll she published a book-length argument on this issue in ‘Visualising Health Care Practice Improvement: innovation from within’ (Radcliffe 2013). Although she has her focus on the strength of practices, she also acted as co-editor (together with Wiebe Bijker and Anique Hommels) of ‘Vulnerability in Technological Cultures’ (MIT Press 2014).