Learning in-between, across and beyond workplace boundaries

Johnsson,MC, Boud,D and Solomon,N 2012, Learning in-between, across and beyond workplace boundaries, International journal of human resources development and management, vol. 12, no. 1-2, pp. 61-76, doi: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2012.044200.

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Title Learning in-between, across and beyond workplace boundaries
Author(s) Johnsson,MC
Boud,DORCID iD for Boud,D orcid.org/0000-0002-6883-2722
Journal name International journal of human resources development and management
Volume number 12
Issue number 1-2
Start page 61
End page 76
Total pages 16
Publisher Inderscience
Place of publication Olney, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1465-6612
Keyword(s) Acting up
Boundary crossing
HRD practice
Human resource development
Learning spaces
Organisational practices
Relational interactions
Workplace learning
Summary In this paper, we challenge conventional theories underpinning the practice of human resource development (HRD) that typically focus on the objects of learning - individuals, skills, jobs - or separate the contexts of work (performance) from learning (training). Using case study research from a public utility and a winery, we found similarities in workers' experiences of various organisational practices despite different objects of learning. These practices were, firstly, temporarily occupying (acting up) in a more senior position and, secondly, collaborating across functions. Unlike notions of boundary-crossing or job rotation, we argue that learning 'in-between' develops interactional competence that is grounded within the work practices of interacting individuals. This relational view opens up possibilities for redirecting the focus of HRD practice towards integrating work and learning in ways that develop the potential for learning in-between, across and beyond the boundaries of work. © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJHRDM.2012.044200
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Inderscience
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30071828

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