Visiting Scholar

Linda Peritz

Linda Peritz, PhD

Social Innovator

Dates of Visit: February 1 – 10, 2021

Purpose of Visit

You may have noticed that, in spite of good intentions, so many efforts at improving clinical care as well as the organization of care failed to meet the expectations of those involved in those efforts. Why?

Most clinical care and many change efforts and are treated as complicated rather than complex. Many efforts also treat changes in isolation from the system in which they are embedded. During the visit, Linda will explain the meaning of complexity and how it is different from complicated. Also, you will discuss systems thinking and how to use these concepts to change our systems of care. Embracing these concepts could help us create more effective health care organizations.


Linda is an independent consultant. Her previous roles include CEO of the Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability, Executive Director of the Centre for Health Care Management (Sauder School of Business) and Associate Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Linda holds certificates in Social Innovation (SFU, 2017); Dialogue and Deliberation (Fielding University, 2011): Adult and Continuing Education (UVic, 2004). Linda also holds a PhD in molecular biology (U of Toronto, 1984).