ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Work process knowledge in the context of socio-technical innovation
The nature and organisation of work is changing remarkably. Organisations are having to acquire greater flexibility and introduce new technologies and new production concepts in response to the pressures of competition. The first part of this paper comprises approaches towards innovation based on a European R & D project, where partners from Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom tried to establish an interdisciplinary approach to the development of computer-aided production systems. As a background for the development of technical systems, the organisational concept of island production was used. In the demonstration phase of the project, different groups of skilled workers and apprentices were trained and worked in a production island for one week. The results of this investigation will be discussed and will shed further light on other empirical studies from Germany on skilled work in production islands. Training for skilled work requires both the formal transmission of knowledge and an appreciation of experience at work. In the third part of the paper conclusions will be drawn about the nature of the work process knowledge which skilled workers have acquired, and have to acquire, in order to cope with new work tasks and and new production concepts. Work process knowledge in technical and organisational development and ways of organisational learning in the chemical industry and their impact on vocational education and training, EU Fourth Framework, Targeted Socio-Economic Research.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer01.htm].