Space & flows of practice: exploring the relationship between Web 2.0 technologies and a practice perspective on HRD.

Here is a paper abstract accepted for the upcoming UFHRD conference in Brighton: This paper explores through an analysis of technology enhanced professional learning (TEPL) using social software a practice based approach to understanding and framing human resource development (HRD) and communities of HRD practitioners. Social software has been described as employing web 2.0 technologies … Read more

Marginal & Central: the positioning of an e-portfolio tool in workplace language learning

I’ve finally completed and am about to submit this paper for the International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2013)   jointly authored with Robert Chmielewski. The abstract: Abstract This paper explores an Activity Theory based approach to investigating the use of an e-portfolio tool in supporting workplace second language learning. The investigation is on a … Read more

Personal knowledge networks

I’ve just been reading Knowledge Management: A Personal Knowledge Network Perspective in the Journal of Knowledge Management. The Author, Mohammed Chatti has made a pre-publication version available here. As stated in the abstract: The PKN model views knowledge as a personal network and represents a knowledge ecological approach to KM the emphasis here is on … Read more

Nomadic work

These are the notes I took at a seminar on 11 May 2012 by Barbara Czarniawska at the Edinburgh University Business School on Nomadic Work. The seminar presented some initial research on nomadic work asking the question: who are the contemporary nomads? Suffering of “nomadness” and how to define nomadic working. Czarniawska asked if she … Read more

Twitter and communities of learning

I’ve had my paper on professional learning in Twitter accepted for the UFHRD Conference in Portugal in May 2012. Here’s the abstract: Discourses, power and communities: exploring the impacts of social media technologies on the theory and practices of informal learning This paper sets out an investigation of the social practices and community-forming activities associated … Read more

A New Agenda for Organisational Effectiveness?

Earlier this week, I went to a CIPD Knowledge into Practice Seminar and launch of the CIPD book, People & Organisational Development: a new agenda for organisational effectiveness. The authors argued that the dominant business paradigm of shareholder value is nolonger fit for purpose – we,the public, expect more from companies as “good” citizens. In … Read more

Web 2.0 and actor network theory

Web 2.0 has emerged as a label for the culmination of incremental developments in software and network technologies over the last twenty years or so that focus on user-generated content and interaction around that content. Whether Web 2.0 represents a paradigm shift in the World Wide Web or the outcomes of various incremental changes remains … Read more

Walking and surfing

A new report form the Office of National Statistics makes for interesting reading although not too surprising as they confirm earlier trend analysis: Nearly half (45 per cent) of Internet users accessed the Internet via a mobile phone in 2011, according to new data released today by ONS. The information, which comes from the ONS … Read more

The Knowledge Management Observatory™ Global 2011 Survey

This survey at has been designed for senior managers, executive managers or knowledge managers in organisations; consultants are encouraged to contribute, but this data will be separated out in the data analysis. The Knowledge Management Observatory™ Global 2011 Survey has been designed to examine Knowledge Management activity across countries and sectors. Your responses will … Read more