Development Coalitions in Working Life
The ‘Enterprise Development 2000’ Program in Norway
While the need to utilise knowledge from social research in processes of development in working life is growing, there is also a growing recognition of the problems posed by this utilisation. As the belief in universal reason and general theory about topics like work organization and leadership has faded, research has to find a place as a local development actor. As such it is part of broad groups of actors, or development coalitions, as they are called in this book. Each coalition acquires unique characteristics and demands unique contributions from participating researchers. At the same time there is still a need for generalisable knowledge since all local processes are linked to global ones. Using an ongoing research-supported development program in Norwegian working life as the basis, this book explores the issues and problems associated with a new role for research as a mediator, not between general theory and local application, but between local workplace actors and global trends. The program in case encompasses a substantial number of enterprises — many of them organized in networks — and more than 50 researchers organized in seven groups, or modules.
[Dialogues on Work and Innovation, 6] 1998. xi, 153 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
PrefaceOttar Henriksen | p. ix
Chapter I: Enterprise Development 2000: A program for distributive and interactive learningBjørn Gustavsen | p. 1
Chapter II: Mentor leadership and theory building in practiceHarald Knudsen | p. 23
Chapter III: Corporate efficiency and employee participationTom Colbjørnsen | p. 35
Chapter IV: Organization development through development organizationØyvind Pålshaugen | p. 55
Chapter V: Developing the fish processing industryBergur E. Ágústsson | p. 77
Chapter VI: Integrating engeneering and social science knowledge in participative enterprise developmentMorten Levin | p. 93
Chapter VII: Networking to learn in Nordwest Forum: Optimizing the learning cycle of a regional network organization through action researchJon Hanssen-Bauer | p. 113
Chapter VIII: Enterprise development in networksTor Claussen | p. 133
Chapter IX: Concluding RemaksBjørn Gustavsen | p. 145
About the authors | p. 151
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