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Article
Publication date: 16 July 2021

Chris Blantern

This paper aims to draw attention to the significance of “acculturation” in organisations and organising and how learning occurs as micro-practices (organisational poetics).

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Purpose

This paper aims to draw attention to the significance of “acculturation” in organisations and organising and how learning occurs as micro-practices (organisational poetics).

Design/methodology/approach

The recognition of the ontological significance of organisational acculturation invites a more critical view of the effects of organisational practices on individual identity, social norms and the accountability of organisations to society.

Findings

Organising and organisations are cast as nurseries of cultural practices that are so normalised we regard them as “unremarkable,” as “just the way things are,” yet “schooling” of identity and social norms.

Practical implications

If we want a better world, we should, as citizens, expect more from our organisations and their learning.

Social implications

The significance here is, from a post-structural, relational stance, that organising and organisations are significant agents in the performance of what it is to be human and our social conditions. As well as goods and services, organisations produce “humans.”

Originality/value

As distinct from the canon of organisational learning literature which is primarily concerned with learning for the effectiveness and resilience of organisations for their own benefit, this paper asserts that what we learn and normalise in organisations structures society – the world we live.

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The Learning Organization, vol. 28 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-6474

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Publication date: 17 November 2010

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Relational Practices, Participative Organizing
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-007-1

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Publication date: 1 March 1997

Marc Baker, Mike Barker, Jon Thorne and Martin Dutnell

This paper introduces some of the elements of Knowledge Management and outlines the approaches RM Consulting ‐ the internal consultancy of the Royal Mail and the Post Office ‐ is…

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This paper introduces some of the elements of Knowledge Management and outlines the approaches RM Consulting ‐ the internal consultancy of the Royal Mail and the Post Office ‐ is taking to support the development of knowledge enablers within the organization. A Knowledge Management approach is described which focuses on people (including the organizational structure), processes and technology. The initial Knowledge Management focus of the organization is aimed principally on explicit knowledge, and the establishment of tools which help to capture internal information. The long‐term challenge is to capture the knowledge of the organization in such a way that all of its employees can maximize the value they provide to the organization’s stakeholders.

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Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1367-3270

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Book part
Publication date: 17 November 2010

Chris Steyaert and Bart Van Looy

This book focuses on the concept and role of relational practices as a way to understand, conceive, and study processes of organization, and subscribes to a processual view of…

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This book focuses on the concept and role of relational practices as a way to understand, conceive, and study processes of organization, and subscribes to a processual view of organization that, since Weick's seminal book The Social Psychology of Organizing, has turned the study of organizations into one of organizing. More than 30 years later, the field of organizing has increasingly expanded Weick's interpretive framework of sense making, resulting in a rich palette of conceptual frameworks that vary between such diverse processual approaches as complexity theory, phenomenology, narration, dramaturgy, ethnomethodology, discourse (analysis), practice, actor-network theory, and radical process theory (Steyaert, 2007). These various theoretical approaches draw upon and give expression to a relational turn that has transformed conceptual thinking in philosophy, literature, and social sciences, and that increasingly inscribes the study of organization within an ontology of becoming.

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Relational Practices, Participative Organizing
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-007-1

Book part
Publication date: 17 November 2010

Chris Blantern

The invitation in this chapter is to see or remember1 what can be gained and achieved by turning our attention from a style of thinking and speaking that focuses on the “truth…

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The invitation in this chapter is to see or remember1 what can be gained and achieved by turning our attention from a style of thinking and speaking that focuses on the “truth about things” and shifting it to a recognition of the contribution of our own cultural practices in how things come-to-be what they seem. We are invited to look at human social processes and the relationships of how things in the world get caught up in these, historical or current but always active, processes and in so doing create meaning.The point here is to arrest or interrupt the spontaneous, unself-conscious flow of our ongoing activity, and to give “prominence to distinctions which our ordinary forms of language easily make us overlook.” ( Wittgenstein, 2001, p. 43 )We are invited to indulge a little less in the apparent “nature of things” and instead give a little more attention to the practices that make things happen and the relations between their inter-actors. Rather than having the relationship between “a directly perceiving mind and reality” as our primary focus we are looking afresh at those social processes that attribute characteristics to its actors and “cause us to hold beliefs.” We might call this “relational practicing.”2 I assume that the proper study of interaction is not the individual and his [sic] psychology, but rather the syntactical relations among the acts of different persons mutually present to one another….. …Not, then, men [sic] and their moments. Rather moments and their men. ( Goffman, 1982, p. 2 )Goffman richly points out the variety of ordinary, everyday ways in which people participate in social encounters and how they conduct the minutia of constitutive relational practices. Goffman spent a lifetime illuminating the relevance of the almost hidden inter-participant grammar in cooperative performance of coordinated meaning and structure and also had much to say about the practical relationships between the actors and those prevailing enacted structures.

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Relational Practices, Participative Organizing
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-007-1

Article
Publication date: 1 December 2001

Murray Anderson‐Wallace, Chris Blantern and Tom Boydell

Offers a brief introduction to inter‐logics as method and shows, in outline, its origins, principles and application. The method, drawing on forms of enquiry and description made…

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Offers a brief introduction to inter‐logics as method and shows, in outline, its origins, principles and application. The method, drawing on forms of enquiry and description made possible through social constructionist vocabularies – including pragmatics, critical linguistics and dialogics – has been developed specifically to enable more satisfying co‐operated action at the borders of communities and organisations where new forms of engagement and new possibilities for meaning and action can take place.

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Career Development International, vol. 6 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Networks in Healthcare
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-283-5

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Publication date: 1 February 1996

Claire Leitch, Richard Harrison, John Burgoyne and Chris Blantern

While the concept of the learning company has now become a fairly well‐established idea within academic and practitioner circles, it is still a concept which is in emergence and…

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While the concept of the learning company has now become a fairly well‐established idea within academic and practitioner circles, it is still a concept which is in emergence and thus a certain amount of ambiguity and confusion surrounds it. It is, therefore, necessary not only to develop an understanding of the concept to the point at which it is possible to begin to understand the implications for practice, but also to establish the relationship between the presence and the development of learning company characteristics and organizational performance. Reviews the application of learning company ideas in a primarily small to medium‐sized enterprise environment, and using a case study approach considers the training, development and learning potential of one company after the application of The Learning Company Project questionnaire, developed by The Learning Company Project in Sheffield.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Article
Publication date: 1 November 1994

David Megginson

Discusses changes in individual learning capacity during the ten yearsup to 2004, including tree of knowledge (TOK) briefcases; cyborgtechnology; remodelling knowledgework; the…

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Discusses changes in individual learning capacity during the ten years up to 2004, including tree of knowledge (TOK) briefcases; cyborg technology; remodelling knowledgework; the flexible individual; and techneurology. Also discusses changes in organizational learning including dispersal of schools and universities; headquarters to conferential organizations; the fabricated organization; changes in information systems; and the shift in power.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 26 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2001

Danny Chesterman

Offers an overall framework for understanding the complexities of collaborative working. After an analysis of the forces against collaborating, a social constructionist…

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Offers an overall framework for understanding the complexities of collaborative working. After an analysis of the forces against collaborating, a social constructionist perspective is taken. A model to connect and integrate individual and collective perspectives is then presented and examined.

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Career Development International, vol. 6 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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