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Title: Researching Situated Learning: Participation, Identity and Practices in Client—Consultant Relationships
Authors: Handley, Karen
Clark, Timothy
Fincham, Robin
Sturdy, Andrew
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Keywords: Situated learning
communities of practice
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Handley K, Clark T, Fincham R & Sturdy A (2007) Researching Situated Learning: Participation, Identity and Practices in Client—Consultant Relationships, Management Learning, 38 (2), pp. 173-191.
Abstract: Situated learning theory has emerged as a radical alternative to conventional cognitivist theories of knowledge and learning, emphasising the relational and structural aspects of learning as well as the dynamics of identity construction. However, although many researchers have embraced the theoretical strengths of this perspective, methodological and operational issues remain undeveloped in the literature. This paper seeks to address these deficiencies by developing a conceptual framework informed by situated learning theory and by investigating the methodological implications. The framework is applied in the context of an empirical study of how management consultants learn the practices and identities appropriate to client-consultant projects. By presenting two vignettes and interpreting them using the conceptual framework, we show how learning is regulated by the consulting firm as well as individuals themselves, and that, paradoxically, 'failure to learn' may be an outcome of consultants' efforts to construct a coherent sense of self.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Management Learning, Volume 38, Issue 2, 2007, © SAGE Publications, Inc. 2007 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Management Learning page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Affiliation: Oxford Brookes University
Durham University
Management Work and Organisation
University of Warwick

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