Knowledge, learning and reflection : consulting in communities of practice

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/135246
Title:
Knowledge, learning and reflection : consulting in communities of practice
Authors:
Lawday, Geoff
Abstract:
The objectives of the research was to identify how knowledge, learning and reflection is mediated in communities of practice. The overall aim was to base the evidence from the lived experiences of those who are part of the communities of practice under study. The research was undertaken through a qualitative inquiry using a social constructionist perspective. The research was pursued through participative action research in one case study organisation, and through participative observation, or observation in fifteen others. The key findings of this inquiry include six sociological elements which were common to all sixteen organisations. Further, four key knowledge flow processes were consistent across all cases. In total forty-one main findings were identified to the pursued research questions. Two conceptual models of learning and reflection were presented as ways to help understand how knowledge, learning and reflection are mediated in communities of practice. The models can be used at different levels of abstraction and conceptualisation. The study provides original insights into consulting activity within communities of practice, and highlights key themes based upon the lived experiences of the participants in the inquiry.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Jun-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/135246
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration: University of Bedfordshire
Appears in Collections:
PhD e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorLawday, Geoffen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-04T12:24:30Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-04T12:24:30Z-
dc.date.issued2009-06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/135246-
dc.descriptionSubmitted for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration: University of Bedfordshireen
dc.description.abstractThe objectives of the research was to identify how knowledge, learning and reflection is mediated in communities of practice. The overall aim was to base the evidence from the lived experiences of those who are part of the communities of practice under study. The research was undertaken through a qualitative inquiry using a social constructionist perspective. The research was pursued through participative action research in one case study organisation, and through participative observation, or observation in fifteen others. The key findings of this inquiry include six sociological elements which were common to all sixteen organisations. Further, four key knowledge flow processes were consistent across all cases. In total forty-one main findings were identified to the pursued research questions. Two conceptual models of learning and reflection were presented as ways to help understand how knowledge, learning and reflection are mediated in communities of practice. The models can be used at different levels of abstraction and conceptualisation. The study provides original insights into consulting activity within communities of practice, and highlights key themes based upon the lived experiences of the participants in the inquiry.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectcommunities of practiceen
dc.subjectlearningen
dc.subjectreflectionen
dc.subjectknowledge managementen
dc.subjectconsultingen
dc.titleKnowledge, learning and reflection : consulting in communities of practiceen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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