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From Teams to Knots : Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work - Yrjo Engestrom

From Teams to Knots

Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work

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Published: 12th April 2010
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Teams are commonly celebrated as efficient and humane ways of organizing work and learning. By means of a series of in-depth case studies of teams in the United States and Finland over a time span of more than 10 years, this book shows that teams are not a universal and ahistorical form of collaboration. Teams are best understood in their specific activity contexts and embedded in historical development of work. Today, static teams are increasingly replaced by forms of fluid knotworking around runaway objects that require and generate new forms of expansive learning and distributed agency. This book develops a set of conceptual tools for analysis and design of transformations in collaborative work and learning.

'... rich in data and conceptual analysis ... admirable scholarship ...' Mike Bonner, PsycCRITIQUES
'Yrjoe Engestroem has produced the kind of scholarly synthesis of research on teamwork in organizational settings that social scientists have been waiting for ever since the appearance of his classic prolegomenon, 'Learning by Expanding'. It is both comprehensive in its critical and illuminating treatment of competing lines of research and theory, clear and compelling in its treatment of the work of his research team, and stimulating in its thoughts about the future of work.' Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Teams and the Transformation of Workp. 1
Disturbance Management and Masking in a Television Production Teamp. 22
Teamwork between Adversaries: Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication in a Court Trialp. 48
Displacement and Innovation in Primary Care Medical Teamsp. 64
Crossing Boundaries in Teacher Teamsp. 86
Knowledge Creation in Industrial Work Teamsp. 118
Teams, Infrastructures, and Social Capitalp. 169
From Iron Cages to Webs on the Windp. 182
Knotworking and Agency in Fluid Organizational Fieldsp. 199
Referencesp. 235
Author Indexp. 253
Subject Indexp. 258
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ISBN: 9780521148498
ISBN-10: 0521148499
Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 12th April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43