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Aspects of Knowledge Transformation in Industry-Union-University Collaborations: A study of Work-integrated e-Learning courses target Norwegian industry
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0086-9067
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8992-1919
2018 (English)In: VILÄR Abstraktbok / [ed] Kristina Johansson, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2018, p. 10-10Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The focus in this study is on knowledge transformation in the workplace following substantial competence initiatives through blended e-learning at the university level. Competence development on academic level is a key factor for industries in times of increased digitalization of manufacturing work. To develop competitive manufacturing requires employees with expert knowledge, which professional organisations need to strengthening. Even if individual employees' motivation for learning is essential, management need to put efforts on competence development and encourage education that, combine theory and practice in forms of work integrated learning. Blended e-learning courses on university level has been successful for supporting such competence development needs, which here is described as work-integrated e-learning, e-WIL. In this study, we explore practitioners' knowledge transformation after their participation in blended e-WIL courses that are designed with industry target content aiming for workplace transformations. Specifically, we focus on the learning efforts versus the management strategies after e-learning initiatives that have an effect on workplace transformations.

The industry target courses in the case study, are designed in collaboration between an industry-union-university venture of a Norwegian industry network, the Addiscounion and a Swedish university. Six courses are included comprising three knowledge subjects; Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Engineering Tools, and Robotics and Automation. Addisco was the facilitator for engaging industry university collaboration, and stimulated co-creation between industry companies. Data was collected through a longitudinal action research project, comprising six focus group sessions with 113 industry participants during 2015 and 2018. We analysed the company management support of knowledge transformation through the course participants' manifestations of experiences in focus groups, conducted after each course intervention. Overall results show that most participants experience a low management support of knowledge transformation as an engine for workplace transformation, after conducting e-WIL courses. Stimulation of individual motivation and new skills gained were not promoted within the workplace structures. There seem to be a lack of individual competence plans, time for studies, business models and routines, networking and recognition of the individuals' knowledge transformation. Rather, participants claimed their individual responsibilities, and motivation that drives them to further competence development. We therefore argue for stronger management awareness and designed learning models, to develop company strategies that fully appreciate the benefits and new knowledge that industry participants bring back into the workplace after course participation.

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Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2018. p. 10-10
Keywords [en]
inter-organisational collaboration, knowledge transformation, workplace transformation, manufacturing industry, work-integrated e-learning.
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Learning
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13447ISBN: 978-91-87531-46-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-91-87531-47-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13447DiVA, id: diva2:1281299
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VILÄR, 6-7 december 2018, Mölndal, Sverige
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-23Bibliographically approved

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