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Author Engeström, Yrjö, 1948-

Title From teams to knots : activity-theoretical studies of collaboration and learning at work / Yrjö Engeström
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 261 pages) : illustrations
Series Learning in doing
Learning in doing.
Contents Teams and the transformation of work -- Disturbance management and masking in a television production team -- Teamwork between adversaries: coordination, cooperation, and communication in a court trial -- Displacement and innovation in primary care medical teams -- Crossing boundaries in teacher teams -- Knowledge creation in industrial work teams -- Teams, infrastructures and social capital -- From iron cages to webs on the wind -- Knotworking and agency in fluid organizational fields
Summary "Teams are commonly celebrated as efficient and humane ways of organizing work and learning. By means of a series of in-depth case studies of teams in the United States and Finland over a time span of more than 10 years, this book shows that teams are not a universal and ahistorical form of collaboration. Teams are best understood in their specific activity contexts and embedded in historical development of work. Today, static teams are increasingly replaced by forms of fluid knotworking around runaway objects that require and generate new forms of expansive learning and distributed agency. This book develops a set of conceptual tools for analysis and design of transformations in collaborative work and learning."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-251) and indexes
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Subject Organizational learning.
Teams in the workplace.
Form Electronic book
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