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An application of Ba: deconstructing formative processes in multdisciplinary work groups
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, ISSN 1447-9524, E-ISSN 1447-9575, Vol. 4, p. 1051-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper draws on an empirical study and examines how new multidisciplinary groups interact to create a shared context for knowledge work. Within the context of the campus-wide commitment to transform itself into a "Creative University", Luleå University of Technology explores new ways to further collaborative multidisciplinary knowledge-creation. Multidisciplinary knowledge areas, such as "Media, Music and Technology", have been defined, originating in multifaceted and complex problems. New knowledge will be shaped through enabling organisational processes created among participants dedicated to realising the full potential of the organisational commitment. Enabling the development of organisational knowledge implies that people from different disciplines - e.g., engineering and social sciences - cooperate and thereby share and use information which they convert into knowledge. The fact that these groups work in partnership in a logical, not physical, organisation leads to questions about how they organise their work, how they communicate, and interact, and where they meet physically, mentally and virtually, and for what purposes. The authors conducted semi-structured interviews with selected employees with the intention of learning from group-members in the new multidisciplinary organisational project. Interview data were analysed in terms of Ba elements. Ba is a perception of a place - which can be virtual, mental or physical - with a shared purpose. Ba provides guidance on "making sense of" how an organisation works and why it works the way it does in relation to knowledge-creation. Predicated on grounded theory about cross-functional work transcending traditional boundaries, Ba can also serve as a framework for designing sustainable new processes that create organisational learning, where information and communication technology are the driving forces.

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2005. Vol. 4, p. 1051-59
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-14068Local ID: d61b29e0-e825-11db-b9a9-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-14068DiVA, id: diva2:987022
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Validerad; 2005; 20060919 (evan)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved

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