Expansive Learning in Construction Projects - a Contradiction in terms?

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This research is a preliminary study performed as part of a primary research into
expansive learning in interorganizational network set up to solve a construction
project. The construction industry has long had issues about productivity, which can be an indication of lack of learning. A case study of a workshop was conducted where coordination and collaboration meetings were observed. The data was analysed using activity theory and the expansive learning model. The analysis shows that the strong focus on object by project’s activity system hinders expansive learning.
The students learned through acquisition and participation but not by expansive
learning. The construction industry needs to accept that the learning generated from projects will be limited to learning by acquisition and participation. The
interorganizational network cannot facilitate expansive learning while working on
object-fixed projects. Research in construction management fails to generate and
document knowledge because of the limitations of case studies.
TitelProceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK : Association of Researchers in Construction Management
RedaktørerP W Chan, C J Neilson
Antal sider9
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-9955463-0-1
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-9955463-0-1
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedArcom Conferences, 32nd Annual Conference – Manchester, UK - , Storbritannien
Varighed: 5 sep. 20167 sep. 2016


KonferenceArcom Conferences, 32nd Annual Conference – Manchester, UK


  • Byggeri, miljø og energi