Open seminar: "Emerging perspectives on workplace and organizational learning"

Presenters are Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento and Prof II University of Oslo), Bente Elkjær (Danish school of education, Aarhus University) and Mervi Hasu (ExCID, University of Oslo)

Abstracts of the seminar and suggested (pre)readings

Prof. Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento and Prof II University of Oslo)
Post-qualitative methodologies and practice-based studies

In my presentation I aim to open a space for reflecting on the challenge that post-qualitative methodologies pose to ‘conventional humanist qualitative methodologies’ (St.Pierre, 2011, 2013; Lather & St.Pierre, 2013) and how this debate contribute to a revision of practice-based studies. I have no clear answers but I have been experimenting in several directions in the last years and I would be pleased to discuss my insights with the participants.  The end of my story is that under the term ‘post-qualitative methodology’ a conversation is open and the voices from Non-representational practice/theory, Posthumanist methodology, New (feminist) materialism, Affective methodologies have several argument in common. They have also a common aim: to diffract conventional qualitative methodologies and to experiment in the lifeworld as connections in action.

Suggested readings:

  • Gherardi, Silvia. 2017. Which is the place of affect within practice-based studies? M@n@gement, 20(2): 208-220.
  • Gherardi, Silvia. 2017. Sociomateriality in posthuman practice theory. In Hui, S., Shove, E., Schatzki, T., eds, The nexus of practices: Connections, constellations, and practitioners (pp. 38-51). Forthcoming in 2017, Routledge.

Prof. Bente Elkjaer (Danish school of education, Aarhus University)

”Going back to move forward” – on the relation between persons, organizations and learning

In my talk, I will introduce an ordering of the field of organizational learning into a behavioral, a cognitive and a practice-based version. This will be done from a pragmatist (Deweyan) standpoint, which I will argue is a most timely inspiration for contemporary education. This introduction will act as a spring-board for discussing particularly the notion of experience and inquiry. I will argue that both persons as well as matter (e.g. work) matter in learning and education related to workplaces in spite of the staggering presence of the ’more-than-humans’ (e.g. robots, financial transactions and climate as well as a media-created president with an archaic look upon women and more power than we want to know).

Suggested readings:

  • Elkjaer, Bente, and Ulrik Brandi. 2014. "An organisational perspective on professionals’ learning." In International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning, edited by Stephen Billett, Christian Harteis and Hans Gruber, 835-856. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Elkjaer, Bente, and Niels Christian Mossfeldt Nickelsen. 2015. "Researching Critical Reflection in Management Education." In Researching Critical Reflection: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Jan Fook, Val Collington, Fiona Ross, Ruch Gillian and Linden West, 145-157. London and New York: Routledge.

Assoc. Prof. Mervi Hasu (Department of Education, University of Oslo)
Employees as designers of platform-mediated work

As an ethnographer of work and innovation, I have since the 1990s traced the initiatives and influences of users and shop floor employees who participate in technology implementation and other innovation endeavours in various contexts such as university spin-offs, large-scale technology industries, knowledge-intensive service businesses and public services. I have witnessed how 'layman' users and front-line employees in workplaces have been gradually raised from invisibility to acknowledged, even institutionalized partners in various co-creation /co-design activities in industrial and service innovation contexts. Possibilities to design one’s own work - through workcrafting, bricolage, or own personal projects in salaried work - has become a source for innovation and wellbeing for employees who often are the most wanted ones in the labor market. In my talk, I will discuss, based on new qualitative data, how the much celebrated new operating system of work, platform-type of organizing, in which algorithmic matchmaking is at the center, fits in or disrupts the idea of employees and users as resource integrators.

Suggested readings:

  • Hasu, M., Toivonen, M., Tuominen, T. & Saari, E., (2015). Employees and users as resource integrators in service innovation - A learning framework, in R. Agarwal, W. Selen, R. Green & G. Roos (Eds.), Handbook of Service Innovation, Chapter 9, Springer-Verlag, pp. 169-192.
  • Hasu, M., Honkaniemi, L., Saari, E., Mattelmäki, T., & Koponen, L. (2014). Learning employee-driven innovating: Towards sustained practice through multi-method evaluation, Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 310-330.

  In order to assure capacity in the room we kindly ask you to register your attendance by 02.October at:

 Please note that the reading materials will be made available for participants who register for the seminar. 


Published Sep. 27, 2017 11:18 AM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2020 1:05 PM