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ERIC Number: EJ827801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Work-Related Identity in Individual and Social Learning at Work
Collin, Kaija
Journal of Workplace Learning, v21 n1 p23-35 2009
Purpose: The aim of this study is to investigate how workers' work-related identity is related to various forms of workplace learning. The study also aims to show how changes in the organization affect both learning and the work-related identity construction of employees. Design/methodology/approach: In-depth interviews with four design engineers were conducted in 2000 and 2007 in Finland. Narrative analysis was used to construct four stories that were compared at two different points in time to find out what changes and development took place in relation to experiences of learning and work-related identity. Findings: The findings suggest that learning and work-related identity are related to one another in many ways. Usually this relationship is individually constituted, but many of its elements are socially shared. Work-related identity is constructed strategically as one of many identities constituted in the other areas of life. Practical implications: The findings of this study show that employers should bear in mind the importance of this interrelationship in order to promote employees' commitment and so facilitate their continuous learning and construction of their work-related identity. Originality/value: This paper provides useful information on how changes in the organization affect both learning and the work-related identity construction of employees. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland