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Transforming and Computerizing Professional Artifacts: An Underestimated Opportunity for Learning

Carina Beckerman
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Carina Beckerman: Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI), 2010, vol. 2, issue 3, 1-10

Abstract: Improving the artifacts a knowledge worker uses and how he or she exercises his or her knowledge is part of being professional in a knowledge society. In a knowledge society there is a continuous structuring and re-structuring, construction and re-construction and learning and re-learning occurring due to implementing new information and communication technology. But many of these projects fail in spite of management spending large amounts of money on them. This paper creates an awareness of how an artefact, such as a new knowledge management system, becomes a driving force behind expanding the knowledge of an anesthesist and has implications for continuous learning among a group of employees at the anesthesia and intensive care unit. In addition, implementing new technology is an underestimated opportunity for learning. This paper suggests that a significant educational effort is taking place in society channelled through IT-projects, even if they fail.

Date: 2010
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