Co-development and retooling as new roles for applied research

Eveliina Saari, Mervi Hasu, Laura Honkaniemi, Katri Kallio, Tiina Tuominen, Mikko Lehtonen

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    Knowledge creation dynamics is in transition in modern information-loaded society. We need to see a researcher's role in a new way: not only as a constructor of scientific facts but as a co-developer of practical tools. We analyse how co-development occurs between researchers and practitioners as a learning process in the context of a multi-actor application-orientated project. The co-development of a practical tool for supporting co-innovation in the public sector was organised as a learning journey. The chapter explicates the researchers' various methods for enhancing learning between actors and between practice contexts. The co-development unfolds as a temporary, fragile path through different artefacts in a knowledge creation process guided by the researchers. It may also be characterised as an interplay between local practice-specific and generalised knowledge, which enables retooling practitioners for their future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInnovating in Practice
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives and Experiences
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319433806
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-43378-3, 978-3-319-43380-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


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