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ERIC Number: EJ797615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Organisational Learning about Depression in the Workplace: A Community of Practice of Silence and Avoidance
Davies, Lisa
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v46 n1 p123-127 Apr 2006
The economic and social impact of depression on the Australian workforce is only recently being acknowledged. In 2004, the author undertook semi-structured interviews with people with human resource responsibilities in the deregulated sector of information technology in South Australia. The interviews focused on their accessibility to work-based education about depression and asked their opinions regarding the merit of such education. Wanting to conceptualize what is understood about depression and to seek insight into what their understandings are of prevailing attitudes in their workplaces about workers with depression, she drew upon a methodological perspective from the field of organizational behavior and undertook a qualitative, interpretive method of analysis. She made observations about their workplaces, noted indicators of workplace cultures and gathered artifacts to gain some comprehension of where and how people had learned their constructs about depression, with the intention of proposing what could be developed and used in the workplace in addition to what was currently available, or perceived to be available, to ameliorate their apparent current lack of literacy about the topic. She undertook a further thematic analysis to enhance her understanding of the discourses that shape and are inherent in the organizational cultures in the environments in which this research was situated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia