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Capturing Actions of Communities : Towards Virtual Ethnography and Digital Tools in Researching Organizations and Workplace Learning (2022)


Lemmetty, S., Collin, K., Glăveanu, V., & Paloniemi, S. (2022). Capturing Actions of Communities : Towards Virtual Ethnography and Digital Tools in Researching Organizations and Workplace Learning. In M. Goller, E. Kyndt, S. Paloniemi, & C. Damşa (Eds.), Methods for Researching Professional Learning and Development : Challenges, Applications and Empirical Illustrations (pp. 397-418). Springer. Professional and Practice-based Learning, 33. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-08518-5_18


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All authors or editorsLemmetty, Soila; Collin, Kaija; Glăveanu, Vlad; Paloniemi, Susanna

Parent publicationMethods for Researching Professional Learning and Development : Challenges, Applications and Empirical Illustrations

Parent publication editorsGoller, Michael; Kyndt, Eva; Paloniemi, Susanna; Damşa, Crina

ISBN978-3-031-08517-8

eISBN978-3-031-08518-5

Journal or seriesProfessional and Practice-based Learning

ISSN2210-5549

eISSN2210-5557

Publication year2022

Publication date31/08/2022

Number in series33

Pages range397-418

Number of pages in the book627

PublisherSpringer

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-08518-5_18

Publication open accessNot open

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Abstract

In this chapter, we introduce the ethnographic research methodology as a starting point in organisational and workplace learning research. In approaching learning at work as a practice-based and communal phenomenon, this strategy has been found suitable for studying its nature and practices. We focus on new and innovative ways to conduct ethnography—especially virtual ethnography and digital tools. In this chapter, we first briefly describe the background of ethnographic methodology. We then move on to consider why workplace learning should also be studied in virtual environments and how digital tools, such as subjective cameras, can be utilized in conducting ethnographic research. Then, we present two empirical case examples. The first case illustrates the study of informal learning using ethnography in a virtual environment. The second case illustrates the use of subjective cameras in a subjective, evidence-based ethnographic process. Using these case examples, we show how the basic principles of ethnography can be strengthened and applied in virtual environments and with the help of digital tools in workplace learning research. We also consider some potential ideas for further ethnographic research on workplace learning alongside ethical matters related to ethnographic and virtual ethnographic research.


Keywordson-the-job learningwork communitiesvirtual environmentethnographyorganisational research

Free keywordsethnography; organization ethnography; virtual ethnography; workplace learning; subjective evidence-based ethnography


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Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2


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