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Change as Challenge for Shop-Floor Learning: The Case of Western and Local Manufacturing Companies in South China

Authors
  • Hong, Jianzhong1
  • 1 University of Helsinki, Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, 00014, Finland
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Review of Education
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2000
Volume
46
Issue
6
Pages
581–597
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1026558424507
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

This paper explores the process of workplace learning and problem solving by examining Western and local enterprises in South China. The paper addresses the subject on two levels. First, it examines the process of learning by solving problems on the shop floor. Second, it deals with certain managerial concepts embedded in Chinese culture and discusses whether these concepts help or impede collective learning. The article concludes that new ways of working and learning are emerging through the interaction of Western and Chinese culture.

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