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The meaning of a knowledge-based organization in Swedish municipal elderly care
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Department of support and development.
Field research and development unit in Social services, Umeå Municipality, Umeå.
Field research and development unit in Social services, Umeå Municipality, Umeå.
2012 (English)In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 31, no 1, 465-484 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the notion of the knowledge-base in a Swedish social services organization. The overall aim was to investigate the concept “knowledge-based organization in municipal elderly care” as it was perceived by informants on different organizational levels and professional and political functions in the social services. The research questions concerned how different informants perceive, and to what extent they share, the meaning of a knowledge-based organization and to relate these perceptions to the organizational conditions for learning and knowledge use. The theoretical point of departure was the socio-cultural approach where the interaction between communication, cultural artifacts and actions are important ingredients. The results showed that there were different views on the meaning of knowledge-based elderly care, mainly related to professional functions and organizational levels. It is argued that these views have implications for organizational learning and change as well as formal training and education.

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London: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 31, no 1, 465-484 p.
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knowledge-base, elderly care, learning, organizational levels
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44081DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2011.563289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-44081DiVA: diva2:417983
Available from: 2011-06-08 Created: 2011-05-19 Last updated: 2017-12-11

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