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ERIC Number: EJ865023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Constructing Learning: Adversarial and Collaborative Working in the British Construction Industry
Bishop, Dan; Felstead, Alan; Fuller, Alison; Jewson, Nick; Unwin, Lorna; Kakavelakis, Konstantinos
Journal of Education and Work, v22 n4 p243-260 Sep 2009
This paper examines two competing systems of work organisation in the British construction industry and their consequences for learning. Under the traditional "adversarial" system, conflict, hostility and litigation between contractors are commonplace. Such a climate actively militates against collective learning and knowledge sharing between parties. Conversely, under "collaborative working", contractors share risks, pool knowledge and work together to solve problems at all stages and levels in the productive system--a process conceptualised as "knotworking" by some theorists. The paper argues that such learning theories fail to take adequately into account the heavy hand of history and the importance of understanding the nature of the productive systems in which "knotworking" is expected to take root. Both place limits on making "knotworking" a habitual and commonplace activity in construction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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