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Action design research as a means for organizing workplace learning: case studies of e-learning platforms

Amir Haj-Bolouri (University West, Trollhattan, Sweden)
Christian Master Östlund (University West, Trollhattan, Sweden)
Matti Rossi (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Lars Svensson (University West, Trollhattan, Sweden)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Issue publication date: 29 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Although there is a large body of literature available on the foundations of workplace learning (WPL), little is known about designated research methods that systematically combine intervention, design and learning at work. The purpose of this study is to propose action design research as an alternative method for organizing WPL in general and facilitating pedagogically rich activities in particular.

Design/methodology/approach

This research used a case study approach to focus the action design research method and exemplify its utility through two case studies that emphasize WPL in general and how the method can be used to facilitate pedagogically rich activities in particular.

Findings

The results of the case studies indicate that the action design research method had a significantly positive effect on organizing WPL in organizations systematically, as well as creating a narrative that structures the research process and its outcomes.

Originality/value

The findings help scholars that are in need of organizing WPL research in a systematic way. The findings do also help practitioners in organizations to solve real-world problems and develop new knowledge jointly together with scholars. Consequently, the findings contribute to the existing literature by exemplifying how to facilitate pedagogically rich activities and disseminate the outcomes of doing so in a formalized way.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would kindly like to thank Professor Lena Pareto for encouraging the main author of this paper to pursue the idea of elaborating the linkage between ADR and workplace learning. Lena was also the one explicitly identifying the linkage between ADR and workplace learning during a formal review of the main author’s dissertation thesis. Thank you Lena!

Citation

Haj-Bolouri, A., Master Östlund, C., Rossi, M. and Svensson, L. (2021), "Action design research as a means for organizing workplace learning: case studies of e-learning platforms", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 405-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-06-2020-0109

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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