Workplace Logics, Kinds of Knowledge and Action Research

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Thomas Hansson
Title: Workplace Logics, Kinds of Knowledge and Action Research
Journal: Systemic Practice and Action Research
Year: 2006
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Pagination: 189-200
ISSN: 1094-429X
Publisher: Springer
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Workplace logics signify attitudes that employees express in close interaction, formal decision-making and collaborative interventions. The term covers a metaphorical mental context rather than a mathematically coherent understanding of social control mechanisms that influence interlocutors in cooperative activity. Workplace logics relate to future-oriented choices that employees make so as to obtain targeted production goals. But logics also hold an explanatory potential. They enable for the researcher to account for social systems that need to be designed before they are acted on. The objective for analysing workplace logics is to turn attention away from language and focus on activity systems. Successful action research facilitates for individual and organizational learning, the latter of which is rarely fulfilled in contemporary research.
Subject: Business Administration\Organization
Keywords: Common ground, Design, Textual and actionable knowledge