Sub-theme 48: Activity Theory and Organizations

Yrjö Engeström, University of Helsinki, Finland
Anu Kajamaa, University of Helsinki, Finland
Zlatko Bodrožić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Session I: Thursday, July 05, 09:00 to 10:30, A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Institutional Change and Activity Theory
Chair: Anu Kajamaa
Marc Thompson and Anne Edwards
Activity theory, the embedded agency paradox and the work of institutional entrepreneurs: Evidence from children's services
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Takaya Kawamura
Midori Matsuzuki, Maho Tanaka Inoue and Takaya Kawamura
A preliminary study for the activity-theoretical analysis of professional organization and institutional change – An intermediate analysis of institutionalizing new "expert" nurse in Japan
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Marc Thompson
Keynote by Yrjö Engeström: "The potentials of Activity Theory in organizational research"
Session II: Thursday, July 05, 11:00 to 12:30, A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Management and Competences: A Dialectical View
Chair: Yrjö Engeström
Maria Emilia de Lima, Fernanda Coelho Liberali and Suzete Borelli
School management in creative chains: A process for schools transformations
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jean-Louis Magakian
Jean-Louis Magakian
Strategic thinking as ascending from the abstract to the concrete
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Annalisa Sannino
Annalisa Sannino
Competence in organizations: A historical and dialectical view
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Fernanda Liberali
Session III: Thursday, July 05, 14:00 to 15:30, A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Tool Design and Implementation in Activity Theory
Chair: Annalisa Sannino
Régis Martineau
From "control tools" to "open tools": Uses and effectiveness of a reporting tool in a hospital
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Hanna Toiviainen
Hanna Toiviainen, Jaana Kristiina Nummijoki and Anna-Liisa Niemelä
Organizational volition in the social and health care workers' tension-laden implementation efforts
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Benoît Tricard
Benoît Tricard and Philippe Lorino
Designing mediating tools: An encounter between Peirce and Vygotsky
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Régis Martineau
Session IV: Friday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Tensions, Conflicts and Contradictions - Room: A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Chair: Philippe Lorino
Jenny Vainio and Annalisa Sannino
Gendered contradictory and hegemonic forces in the work and careers of physicists in Finnish universities
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Mandia Mentis
Roseanna Bourke, Mandia Mentis and John O'Neill
A runaway train-ing? Using CHAT to analyse tensions within a professional learning initiative
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Giuseppe Scaratti
Silvio Ripamonti and Giuseppe Scaratti
Safety practices in use: The adaptation of safety rules as a consequence of organizational contradictions
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jenny Vainio
Parallel Stream B: Collaboration and Communication - Room: A403 – Hanken School of Economics
Chair: Jean-Louis Magakian
Jonna Kangasoja
The challenges of collaborative design in urban planning contexts
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Satu-Mari Korhonen
Viviana Meschitti and Antonella Carassa
Communicating within a research team: How multiple objects are negotiated in an academic environment
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jonna Kangasoja
Satu-Mari Korhonen
Movement between archetypes: From single format to hybrid theatre
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Viviana Meschitti
Session V: Friday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30, A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Activity Theoretical Change Efforts in Social and Health Care
Chair: Hanna Toiviainen
Marcos Barros
Activity Theory as an analytical tool to understand micro-contradiction resolution: Multivoicedness in Quebec daycare centers
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Anu Kajamaa
Anu Kajamaa and Angelique Hilli
Clients' initiatives and caregivers' responses as windows into the organizational dynamics of care delivery: A methodological study
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Marc Thompson
Varpu Tissari and Hanna Toiviainen
Tools-mediation for organizational volition and the client's voice: Case of a self-care model for patients with chronic illnesses
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Marcos Barros
Session VI: Saturday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:30, A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Change Laboratory as a Tool for Transforming Work and Organizations
Chair: Yrjö Engeström
Arja Haapasaari, Yrjö Engeström and Hannele Kerosuo
The emergence of learners' transformative agency in a change laboratory intervention
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Laura Seppänen
Zlatko Bodrožić
Experimenting with the change laboratory method in South Eastern Europe
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Yrjö Engeström
Introductory keynote by Yrjö Engeström, Anu Kajamaa & Zlatko Bodrožić: "Change laboratory as an intervention method"
Session VII: Saturday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Enterprises and Institutional Logics - Room: A305 – Hanken School of Economics
Chair: Roseanna Bourke
Silke Geithner
Activity based learning: The interplay between individual and collective development in industrial enterprises
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jean-Louis Magakian
Julien Malaurent and Jean-Louis Magakian
Enterprise systems in activity: From global control to local workaround in practice
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Laura Seppänen
Laura Seppänen
Examining activity concepts: Can institutional logics help?
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Silke Geithner
Parallel Stream B: Interventions and Innovations Enhancing Learning and Change - Room: Lärarrummet – Hanken School of Economics
Chair: Anna-Liisa Niemelä
Monika Hackel
From the abstract to the concrete. Bringing together activity theory and innovation research in VET
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Juha Mäkinen
Juha Mäkinen
Networked company activities: The case of a Kymi company
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jaana Nummijoki
Jaana Kristiina Nummijoki and Anna-Liisa Niemelä
Omission and invisible work: Why is documentation of clients' actions so difficult in home care?
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Monika Hackel