PS428 - Knowledge, Networks and Collaborative Work
Availability and restrictions: Students on degrees without a psychology or organisational component may only attend subject to numbers, their own degree regulations and at the discretion of the teacher responsible for the course. The course comprises 10 lectures and 10 associated seminars in the Lent term.
The course focuses on how people work together in a number of contexts, from project teams within particular organisations to inter-organisational networks and alliances from the perspective of organisational knowledge. It offers students a theoretical and practical understanding about how organisations construct, disseminate and share knowledge in those settings. The focus is both theoretical and practical. Students will be expected to engage with both current theoretical debates and emerging practical issues in organisational life.
The course will cover topics such as: Organisations in the Knowledge Economy, knowledge intensive companies, organisational learning, communities of practice, storytelling as knowledge transmission, project teams and knowledge, virtual spaces, networks, alliances and partnerships, collaborative work, innovation and knowledge creation, and implications for research and practice.
There will be an 1hr. lecture, followed by an 1 hour seminar. Some of the seminars will be lead by practitioners or researchers working in the area and will involve a presentation followed by a discussion. Students will be also expected to make extended use of the course intranet –WebCt supported- for on-line discussions and group presentations.
Written work : 3,000 word written assignment required.
1. A formal two-hour examination in the ST: 2 questions from a choice
of 5 [50%].
Interesting readings:The following texts are of general relevance in supporting the aims of the course.
Alvesson, M. and Willmott, H. (1992) Critical management studies. London: Sage
Berger, P. and Luckmann, T. (1991) The social construction of reality. A treatise in the sociology of knowledge. London: Penguin.
Castells, M. (1996) The raise of the network society. Oxford: Blackwell.
Czarniawska, B. (1998) A narrative approach to organisation studies. Qualitative research methods series. London: Sage.
Dierkes, M.; Natal, A. B.; Child, J. and Nonaka, I. (2001) Handbook of Organisational Learning and Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Giddens, A. (1991). Modernity and self-identity. Oxford: Polity Press.
Little, S.; Quintas, P. and Ray, T. (2002) Managing Knowledge. An essential reader. London: Sage and Open University Press.
Weick, K. E. (1995) Sensemaking in organisations. London: Sage.
Some recommended journals
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Dr. Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo
Social Psychology Department
LSE, Houghton Street,
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 020 7955 7996
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