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Exploring barriers and facilitators to knowledge transfer and learning processes through a cross-departmental collaborative project in a municipal organization
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4822-6247
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (ZAF). (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5848-4288
2023 (English)In: Learning Organization, ISSN 0969-6474, E-ISSN 1758-7905, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This study aims to explore barriers and facilitators for knowledge transfer and learning processes by examining a cross-departmental collaborative project in the municipal organization. It is based on a R&D collaboration between University West and a Swedish municipality.

Design/methodology/approach

To explore the barriers and facilitators, the data collection was made through observation of the project implementation process, as well as 20 interviews with public servants and external actors. To conduct a systematic qualitative-oriented content analysis, the article constructs and applies a theoretical analytical framework consisting of different factors influencing knowledge transfer and learning processes within a municipal organizational setting.

Findings

This study explores the facilitators and barriers to knowledge transfer and learning processes, specifically focusing on strategic communication, individual roles, common goals, time pressure, group learning, trust and relationships and absorptive capability. Lack of communication affected the group learning process, while the close relation between time pressure, group learning and trust in colleagues is also pointed out as crucial areas. Trust developed through dialogue efforts helped overcome project fatigue. Coaching with a human rights-based approach improved organizational absorptive capabilities.

Originality/value

The study gives important insights into organizational learning within a municipality in Sweden for the successful implementation of collaborative projects. Knowledge must be transferred for the organization to learn to develop and tackle future challenges and its complex responsibilities. The theoretical analytical framework provided in this article has proven to be effective and is therefore transferable to other organizations in both the public and private sectors.

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2023. p. 1-17
Keywords [en]
Organizational learning, Knowledge transfer, Learning processes, Cross-departmental collaborative project, Municipal organization, WIL
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Business Administration
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20128DOI: 10.1108/tlo-01-2023-0003ISI: 001005266200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85161940307OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20128DiVA, id: diva2:1770880
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Available from: 2023-06-20 Created: 2023-06-20 Last updated: 2024-01-02Bibliographically approved

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