The interaction between people, information and innovation: information literacy to underpin innovative work behaviour in a Finnish organisation - School of Computing Seminar Series

Start date and time

Thursday 25 October 2018


Room G20, Merchiston

This paper, co-authored with Professor Hazel Hall, Dr Laura Muir & Professor Robert Raeside, is to be delivered at the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting conference due to be held in Vancouver from November 10th to 14th 2018. This session is a dry-run of the paper. Feedback on the presentation is welcome.

Workplace learning and employee-led innovation are related. For example, mistakes made when learning may spur innovation. Investigated in this paper is the role of information literacy in the learning of innovative work behaviour in the workplace, and the associated information behaviours that allow for innovative work behaviour to develop. Thus interactions between people, information and innovation are a main focus. The findings derive from analysis of data generated in twelve semi-structured interviews conducted within a Finnish organisation. Employee perceptions on the role of information in the workplace, and its role in supporting the learning of innovative work behaviour, are explored. The analysis reveals that: (1) information literacy skills serve as a prerequisite for workplace learning; (2) information behaviours support the learning of innovative work behaviour and; (3) a variety of information sources support employees as they learn to behave innovatively.