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Publication date: 12 February 2021

Susannah Micaela Hanlon

The study aims to explore and discuss the extent of influence of informal communication on learning in a European social democracy political party through a dual lens approach…

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Purpose

The study aims to explore and discuss the extent of influence of informal communication on learning in a European social democracy political party through a dual lens approach combining information behaviour and organisational learning perspectives.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents results from an in depth qualitative study, whereby data were collected through semi-structured and episodic narrative interviews. Template analysis was used.

Findings

Informal conversations were identified as intrinsic to the work of the political party. They did influence learning at individual and group levels, and there was a degree of diffusion within the organisation, although the latter was found to depend on opportunity, individual self-efficacy, level of involvement in the party and perceptions of who has influence. The dual lens approach facilitated greater levels of granularity of analysis at individual and group levels of learning.

Research limitations/implications

The paper highlights the benefits of using a dual lens approach to add depth to the interpretation of the research findings. Due to the small number of participants further research is needed to verify and extend the results and support a greater degree of transferability.

Originality/value

The information behaviour and organisational research theory that underpin the research have not been used together in this way before, and the context for the phenomenon being researched, a traditional political party struggling against the rise of populism in the 21st century, is both contemporary and understudied in each of the theory areas.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 77 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 20 February 2009

Susannah Hanlon

212

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Records Management Journal, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Publication date: 12 July 2011

Susannah Hanlon

270

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Records Management Journal, vol. 21 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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Publication date: 22 February 2008

Susannah Hanlon

348

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Records Management Journal, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Records Management Journal, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Publication date: 22 February 2008

Susannah Hanlon

218

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Records Management Journal, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Article
Publication date: 14 September 2015

Moya Fox and Susannah Micaela Hanlon

The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent of visibility of researchers in African countries, in the Open Access (OA) arena and aims to identify main causes of reduced…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent of visibility of researchers in African countries, in the Open Access (OA) arena and aims to identify main causes of reduced uptake in OA in Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

Extent of visibility is explored by quantitative analysis of institutional repository and OA journals data sets followed by qualitative analysis of OA foundation documents and literature on OA in Africa published mainly between 2003 and 2013.

Findings

Visibility in institutional repositories or OA journals for African researchers remains low. Causes include insufficient educational support for librarians and administrators in required new roles; inability of national, organisational and technological infrastructures to support OA; impracticality of western-based and costly publishing models; and disincentives relating to intellectual property and researcher perceptions. Complex language and literacy issues also inhibit engagement. Recommendations include strong OA advocacy, development of support initiatives, integration of international knowledge for local conditions and vice versa, sensitive preservation of indigenous knowledge and development of mechanisms of funding and research assessment mechanisms, which are economically and technically viable.

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Earlier attempts were made to raise awareness about the lack of uptake of OA in Africa. This paper shows that the situation has hardly changed and now requires urgent attention. Otherwise OA will not “become the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and country” by 2022 (BOAI, 2012).

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Online Information Review, vol. 39 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 14 September 2015

G E Gorman and Jennifer Rowley

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Online Information Review, vol. 39 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 1 August 2002

Catherine Hare

288

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Records Management Journal, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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