Cultural-historical understandings of transitions in changing workplaces

Forfatter(e): Anne Edwards & Dorothy Sutherland Olsen

Antologi: Workplace Learning for Changing Social and Economic Circumstances

Sammendrag: This chapter offers analytic resources, rooted in cultural-historical approaches to learning and change, for examining the transitions necessitated by shifts in workplace practices. The question ‘what makes for successful transitions within changing workplaces?’ is addressed by examining two contrasting cases of significant disruption to established practices. The changes were brought about by the introduction of new technologies and the appointment of new younger staff, familiar with the digital demands of these technologies. The chapter focuses on how the established practitioners, policy analysts and welders were enabled to make the transition into and contribute to new modes of work. How the respective organisations did or did not create opportunities for the relational unfolding of the agency of these workers in the reconfiguring practices is examined. The analysis draws on cultural-historical approaches to revealing and engaging the motive orientations of the workers to show how exercising relational expertise can elicit the practitioner motive orientations that comprise common knowledge. Common knowledge then mediates the unfolding of their relational agency and their continuing contributions to practice. These processes affirm the affective aspects of workplace learning. The implications for organisational leadership are also drawn.

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Tittel Cultural-historical understandings of transitions in changing workplaces
Dorothy Sutherland Olsen
Anne Edwards