Adventurousness and Risksis a study of the way a newknowledge paradigm changed Combitech Systems, a specialised andknowledge-intensive Swedish enterprise. The dissertationdescribes the way company management broke away from atraditional view of information and knowledge and began toapply a practice-orientated perspective of knowledge of itsoperation in the work of solving problems associated with theadvanced learning of experienced co-workers. In the course ofthe management group's work, the Dialogue Seminar method wasdeveloped in co-operation with the researchers Bo Göranzonand Maria Hammarén. The study describes the way theDialogue Seminar method was developed, and includes discussionsof the factors that were central to the successfulimplementation of the method.
The Dialogue Seminar method has been introduced into theenterprise's internal work as a basis for Combitech LearningLab, an organisation for continuous learning set up by theenterprise. The method has been tested outside the organisationin different stages of work with clients. The dissertationbrings to the fore complexes of questions that were identifiedduring this time, and discusses the use of the method and itsscope in different contexts.
How can it be shown that the Dialogue Seminar method hasproduced the intended changes? Niclas Fock has brought thegroup into focus here. The method provides support insustaining common insights and common concept formation, and italso serves as a forum for the development of the richcomplexity that precedes decisions on the implementation ofideas. Adventurousness and Risks is a study in leadership; astudy from within an organisation of the rhythm of reflectiveleadership in the learning organisation.
Key words:leadership - risk - rhythm - learning -concept formation - dialogue seminar method - practice -professional role - knowledge intensive - enterprise
Stockholm: Industriell ekonomi och organisation , 2004. , 148 p.