Creating Confidence and Engagement in Joint Knowledge Production: Practices and Problems
Swedish working life research is frequently associated with new ways of producing knowledge – sometimes referred to as Mode 2. The idea is that a closer and more action-oriented co-operation with e.g. company- or union leaders will lead to both socially robust and useful knowledge. In this article we elaborate on some co-operation between researchers and representatives from working life taking place at the University College of Borås in Sweden, around issues of a sustainable working life. Through theoretical reflections, systematic notes from meetings, an earlier qualitiative study on a centre for work science (CAV) and on an affiliated network AiS, we analyse how confidence in such joint knowledge production - consisting of different interests oriented towards academic publications or production - can be mobilised. We will point to specific and at the same time universal obstacles that constrain mutual exchange of reflections and knowledge as well as possibilities to combine an exclusive and less open network with an inclusive and more formal centre for knowledge sharing. This is done by making use of two different organisational concepts (bridging practices and connecting practices) that allow us to outline different sorts of confidence and engagement in joint knowledge production, among researchers and representatives that mainly comes from various companies. We have been striving for intersubjective interpretations by negotiating our interpretations with representatives from working life, by reflecting upon our own positions and by taking notice of different contexts and perspectives.
||Bridging Practices, Connecting Practices, Joint Knowledge Production, Reflexivity, Sustainable Working Life
The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.375-384.
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Senior Lecturer, Department for Educational and Behavioural Sciences, University College of Boras, Boras, Sweden
Margareta Oudhuis finished her Ph.D. thesis in sociology in 1999 at the Department of Sociology, Göteborg University. In her thesis she analysed the view of the Swedish labour movement on efficiency and emancipation in working life. Since 1999 she holds the position as senior lecturer at the University College of Borås. Some main themes in Oudhuis’ further research are work, employability and the relationship between individual and collective in team based production organisations. At the moment she is working on a study dealing with the consequences for the psycho-social work environment when Swedish companies are taking over by foreign global companies. Further studies deal with the relations between research/higher education and working life, and how confidence may be maintained in such a relationship.
lecturer, Department for Educational and Behavioural Sciences, University Collage of Boras, Boras, Sweden
Bertil Rolandsson finished his Ph.D. thesis in Sociology 2003 at the Department of Sociology, Göteborg University. In his thesis he analysed how the Swedish trade union movement has framed the importance of information technology over time. The title of the thesis is: "The Union, Information Technology and Politics – Strategies and Frames within the Swedish TUC 1976-1996". Since 2003 he has been working as a lecturer at the University College of Borås, and occasionally at Mid-Sweden University. Some main themes in Bertil’s research are technology, trust and work. At the moment he is e.g. analysing security culture and the framing of how security issues are associated with trust and different ways of organising work. A trust/confidence theme is also present in a study concerning the implementation of E-government in a municipality in the region of Sjuhärad/Sweden. Further studies deal with the relations between research/higher education and working life, and how confidence may be maintained in such a relationship.
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