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Suorsa, A., Halkola, E. (2022). Knowledge-Creating Interaction and Information Literacy in Organizations – An Empirical Study in the Context of Research and Development Project. In: Kurbanoğlu, S., Špiranec, S., Ünal, Y., Boustany, J., Kos, D. (eds) Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. ECIL 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1533. Springer, Cham.

Knowledge-creating interaction and information literacy in organizations : an empirical study in the context of research and development project

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Author: Suorsa, Anna1; Halkola, Eija2
Organizations: 1Research Unit of History, Culture and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2INTERACT, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-28


The aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of Information Literacy (IL) in relation to knowledge creation in organizational settings. IL is understood as a practice realized in the course of action, emphasizing the social and interactive aspects of the phenomenon. There is a need to increase understanding of the role of IL in knowledge processes and develop methods for empirical examination. We suggest an approach for examining IL in knowledge creation and present results of a qualitative study on interaction in a multidisciplinary research consortium. The findings suggest that knowledge creation relates to the abilities of using various sources of information and understanding the relevance of the suggested information in the discussions. The outcomes can be used in developing the methods of examining IL and in enhancing abilities to create new knowledge and collaborate in organizations.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-3-030-99885-1
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99884-4
Issue: 1533
Pages: 265 - 277
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99885-1_23
Host publication: Information literacy in a post-truth era : 7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021, virtual event, September 20–23, 2021, revised selected papers
Host publication editor: Kurbanoğlu, Serap
Špiranec, Sonja
Ünal, Yurdagül
Boustany, Joumana
Kos, Denis
Conference: 7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021 : virtual event
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
520 Other social sciences
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