The team as a learning strategy: Three cases of team-based production in the Swedish manufacturing industry
2007 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, Vol. 19, no 8, 480-496 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To increase our understanding of how the introduction of a team-based work organization can affect the opportunities to learn at work two research questions are addressed: (a) what conditions are important for learning and competence development in a team-based work organization, and (b) to what extent does a team-based work organization support and enhance favourable learning conditions for team members?
Methodology/Approach: Investigations are based on longitudinal case studies of work-based learning and the development of a team-based organization in three manufacturing companies.
Findings: Results demonstrate that there are no straightforward or linear relations between the introduction of team-based production and the expansion of learning conditions. The study also identifies several challenges and dilemmas organizations meet when they introduce a team-based production.
Practical Implications: Several conditions important for learning in a team-based production are emphasized; the needs for challenging work tasks; the development of a team leadership and the significance of supportive learning conditions, etc.
Originality/Value: The study contributes to an understanding of organizational change and development as a non-linear process which can be understood as a complex interplay between actors and internal and external organizational conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande , 2007. Vol. 19, no 8, 480-496 p.
Team-based production, learning, learning conditions, learning strategy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10422DOI: 10.1108/13665620710831164OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-10422DiVA: diva2:17161
Original publication: H. Kock, The team as a learning strategy: Three cases of team-based production in the Swedish manufacturing industry, 2007, Journal of Workplace Learning, (19), 8, 480-496. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13665620710831164. Copyright: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/2007-12-112007-12-112012-08-30