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ERIC Number: ED476019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Industrial Workers as Resource Persons: Subjectivity as an Element in Qualification Analysis.
Kjaersgaard, Christian
A study identified the structural conditions for workers' perceptions of the need for qualifications and education. It defined qualification requirements based on evaluations of work organization in three workplaces in two companies. Evaluations were used to develop a reference framework for understanding workers' subjective value criteria linked to their work. Findings showed workers were conscious and determined regarding their own training needs; individual experiences and collective norms related to the work situation and expectations of development possibilities played a part in determining workers' qualification requirements; subjective strategies formed the background for individual motivation for training; subjective needs for collectivism and joint discussions among workers had an important role; and subjective processing of contextual conditions was important to workers' attitudes toward processes of change in work and company-related training. Workers' experience of current conditions and development possibilities in companies was decisive for their view of participation in organizational development work and company-related training. Motivation was related to workers' possibilities for planning; development; or interaction in light of their consciousness of potential conflicts, where motivation was related to expectation of consensus development. If consensus was conceived as being defined by conflict avoidance and resignation, motivation for training became ambivalent or completely disappeared. (Contains 38 references) (YLB)
Roskilde University Press, Postbox 260, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark (Papers not sold individually, for complete volume: ISBN-87-7349-428-3, ISSN-1395-6833, $15). E-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark