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Using activity theory to provide rich description of a collaborative learning exercise

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Gregory WhymarkGregory Whymark, Louise Hawkins-WatersLouise Hawkins-Waters
An application of activity theory in the study of knowledge workers and knowledge based activities is described. As part of new post graduate curriculum introduced in 2004, experiential learning was introduced to help achieve objectives concerned with ethics and knowledge work. We call the activities a knowledge creation exercise (KCE), and this paper describes the method used to review them. Activity theory is introduced briefly, and is used to provide a means of describing and discussing the issues (contradictions) surrounding the KCE. The Boer et al (2002) method for studying knowledge sharing is described and applied to a study of knowledge creation in a distributed environment. The issues and contradictions identified provide a means for the teaching staff to improve future knowledge creation exercises, but also provide insights for future research.


Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)


Start Date





Melbourne, Vic.


Australian Scholarly Publishing

Place of Publication

Kew , Victoria , Australia

Peer Reviewed


Open Access


External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Informatics;

Era Eligible


Name of Conference

Australian Conference on Knowledge Management and Intelligent Decision Support