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Interplay of coordination, co-creation and community building: examining interprofessional collaboration in workplace development efforts in health care

Laura Seppänen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland)
Inka Koskela (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland)
Heli Heikkilä (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland)
Helena Leino-Kilpi (Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland and TYKS Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland)
Päivi Rautava (University of Turku, Turku, Finland and TYKS Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland)
Minna Stolt (Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Mervi Siekkinen (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Elisa Valtanen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland)
Virpi Sulosaari (Health and Well-Being, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 12 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is increasingly important in work and workplace learning. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the characteristics of IPC that are relevant for learning and developing at work.

Design/methodology/approach

We examine IPC in the discussion data of health care professionals when designing, implementing and evaluating developmental tasks. Qualitative content analysis is carried out on temporally sequential task trajectories, considering IPC from the perspective of the objects and goals of IPC task activity in developmental efforts.

Findings

The developmentally relevant characteristics of IPC are crystallized in the concepts of coordination, co-creation and community building, which play different, interdependent roles in development efforts. We show their interplay and how they complement each other in practice.

Research limitations/implications

Our findings regarding IPC characteristics are to be interpreted as working hypotheses and resources for further research.

Practical implications

Understanding the dynamics of IPC is useful for renewing work practices. Attention to the interplay and complementarity of IPC characteristics may help in the design and implementation of effective and sustained development efforts.

Originality/value

The dynamics of IPC in developmental settings have not been sufficiently studied. This paper proposes three developmentally relevant and intertwined characteristics of IPC for scholars of workplace learning.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Dr Liisa Kuokkanen for her feedback, all the participants of the developmental interventions, and the Finnish Work Environment Fund (project number 117 131) for making this study possible.

Citation

Seppänen, L., Koskela, I., Heikkilä, H., Leino-Kilpi, H., Rautava, P., Stolt, M., Siekkinen, M., Valtanen, E. and Sulosaari, V. (2022), "Interplay of coordination, co-creation and community building: examining interprofessional collaboration in workplace development efforts in health care", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-07-2021-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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