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|A theory of collective competence: challenging the neo-liberal individualisation of performance at work
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|Boreham N (2004) A theory of collective competence: challenging the neo-liberal individualisation of performance at work. British Journal of Educational Studies, 52 (1), pp. 5-17. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2004.00251.x
|Contemporary work-related education and training policy represents occupational competence as the outcome of individual performance at work. This paper presents a critique of this neo -liberal assumption, arguing that in many cases competence should be regarded as an attribute of groups, teams and communities. It proposes a theory of collective competence in terms of (1) making collective sense of events in the workplace, (2) developing and using a collective knowledge base and (3) developing a sense of interdependency. It suggests that the language of competence would become a more effective tool for understanding performance at work if the collectivistic sense of the term ‘competence’ were used in conjunction with the more established individualistic sense.
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