02 SES 10 B, Organisational Change and Regional Development
Transformation is a condition in today educational organizations. But often the intended change does not occurred. Partly because of the cultural inertia present in many organizations, which tends to maintain existing routines and practices and makes it very difficult to transcend and change "buiness as usual" - as pointed out by among other Chris Arygris (1993) and Etienne Wegner et. al (2002). Partly because of the accelerated speed and fluidity in many transformative processes, which makes it an ongoing challenge to maintain and implement organizational change – as pointed out by Karl Weick (1995).
In response to this the paper presents a new method: organizational and knowledge based experiments, as a method to develop new and transformative practices within educational organizations. Experiments are here, with an reference to Chris Arygris, Reg Revans and Yrjö Engeström, understood as a method to create an ‘experimental zone’ where new practices could be tested in a reversible process on the basis of knowlegde-based hypotheses. Experiments there by allows the organization to test new approaches in a defined process where it is possible to study the experiment's effects and results before implementing it in the whole organization. At the same time the method enables the organization to experiment with present the logic, routines, practices and to form new cultural understandings of how the mains tasks could be solved. The goal is to create experimental organizations, based on a common culture of experimental and transformative practice.
The experiment method presented is developed in relation action-research project called the The Vocational Oriented Education Lab within the Copenhagen Region. The overall aim of the laboratory is to increase enrollment rates and skills in the region by creating better, more attractive and more relevant vocational educations and thereby strengthen the condition for economic growth in the region. As part of the project 14 of the educational institutions in the region are carrying through organizational experiments.
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