Situating organisational learning and public participation: stories, spaces and connections

Pallett, Helen (2018) Situating organisational learning and public participation: stories, spaces and connections. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 43 (2). pp. 215-229. ISSN 0020-2754

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    This paper gives one of the first in-depth ethnographic accounts of organisational learning in a public participation organisation, the UK Government-funded Sciencewise programme. It develops the concept of ‘organisational spaces’, highlighting the often diverse spaces found within organisational networks, and positing a co-productionist relationship between these different spaces and the kinds of learning processes that occur. The approach taken affirms the significant and active role of space in organisational learning processes, in a science policy context, as well as demonstrating the importance of connections between different organisational spaces in enabling more transformative learning processes. Two organisational spaces are described based on in-depth ethnographic and qualitative research in and around the Sciencewise programme 2013–2014. It is argued that informal, temporary and experimental organisational spaces have the potential to co-produce more transformative instances of learning, making an understanding of their connectedness to more formal and routinised organisational spaces vital for future research.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This work was supported by an ESRC 1+3 PhD studentship [grant number ES/I022120/1].
    Uncontrolled Keywords: organisational learning,organisational spaces,story-telling,public participation,organisations of participation
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 06:06
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 12:33
    DOI: 10.1111/tran.12214

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