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Learning from Workplace Development Initiatives: External Evaluations versus Internal Understandings

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Gustavsen, Bjørn

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Abstract "In efforts to promote new forms of work organization, the use of exemplary cases and the notion of best practices have played a key role. There are, however, major problems associated with diffusing experience from such sources to new workplaces. To reach out in working life and attain scope in the changes, there is a need for other strategies. To explore options and potentials in this context, workplace development programs have been launched in several countries. The purpose of this article is to look at some of the programs that have emerged in the Scandinavian context, with a view to seeing how the issue of scope has been approached and what can be learnt from the programs. In association with the learning issue, the evaluations done of the programs will be the point of departure. The article will, consequently, highlight questions associated with evaluations: Are they read? What discourses, if any, do they enter? Are they acted upon?" (author's abstract)
Keywords work organization; best practice; evaluation; study program; Scandinavia
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 15-38
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 4 (2008) 1+2
Issue topic Working Life Reform in Difficult Times: International Experiences
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications