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The socio-material nature of careers work: an exploration of knowledge co-creation amongst career practitioners

Milosheva, Marina; Hall, Hazel; Robertson, Peter; Cruickshank, Peter; Lyall, Catherine


Hazel Hall

Catherine Lyall


While knowledge co-creation is a main source of innovation in organisations, little is known about the co-creation of knowledge in career settings, particularly in the context of career guidance. This study represents a novel contribution in the consideration of knowledge co-creation in career settings through the exploration of daily routines of a previously underexplored group of professionals. Ten semi-structured interviews with career practitioners employed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were conducted and analysed through a socio-material methodological approach. The findings indicate that career knowledge co-creation is an assemblage of information and socialisation practices situated in a set of socio-material contexts. Specifically, these practices are performed in both physical and technological spaces, and are predicated on career practitioners’ interpretation of their employing organisation’s practice-structuring concepts. While technologies are conducive to the information and socialisation practices that constitute career knowledge co-creation, they can also serve as barriers to its success.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name iConference 2021
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2021
Publication Date Mar 17, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 5, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2021
Book Title iConference 2021 Poster Proceedings
Keywords Knowledge, Co-creation, Careers, Information behaviour, Technologies, Socio-material
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The Socio-material Nature Of Careers Work: An Exploration Of Knowledge Co-creation Amongst Career Practitioners (accepted version) (229 Kb)

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