in everyday life and socio-digital activity systems
The DICA platform displays studies of human activity across a broad range of professional contexts and practices from educational institutions, work organisations to specific communities of practice facing new cultural, technological or societal challenges.
Examples investigate human social phenomena in their systematics of elements-in-interaction and by interrelating different levels of analysis. The focus is both on collective and individual processes of learning and development – from a diachronic or/and cross-domain perspective – with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of the individual and the social as well as the meanings of mutual change. Furthermore, the platform is emphasising the dynamics between practice(s) and meditational means seen as distributed among people, semiotic and tool mediators, time, space and physical environments.
As regards this key object, much of the research is achieved as formative interventions using the Change Laboratory method to support collaboration, innovation and the negotiation of new forms of agency within inter-related activity systems and beyond organisational, institutional, cultural, or linguistic boundaries.
The research has been achieved in collaboration with educational institutions, organisations of professional development and companies asking for analysis-driven consulting and developmental change-research.
Examples of research
- ENTERPRISE 2.0 – The impact of social media on the leadership strategies of Generation Y: Challenges and potential.
The research is focusing on the impact of Web 2.0 practices on corporate culture, more specifically on the leadership strategies of “digital natives”. Web 2.0 is founded on principles such as collective intelligence maximization, transparency of the information creation and sharing process, and network effects. The dynamic creation and sharing of information is promoting interactive corporate practices and the development of Enterprise 2.0. Knowledge is considered as an important source of wealth creation and competitive advantage. Novel ICT technologies are stimulating transformations within companies based on the ways how knowledge is captured, organized, stored, shared and evaluated among all members, i.e. management, employees, customers… Enterprise 2.0 operates more as a network of autonomous self-controlling teams, moderated by managers, rather than an organisation controlled by a central management unit. Accordingly, management processes and skills are different or expected to change, i.e. give up control, retain leadership. At the same time, new leadership tasks need to be assumed.
Project at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security. Reliability and Trust at the University of Luxembourg (2013-2016)
Florian Feltes, Charles Max
- Quicker steps – Disseminating knowledge and best practices of the diverse co-operation and partnership solutions between higher education institutions and working life inFinland, Luxembourg, Austria and the United Kingdom
The purpose of the project is to disseminate knowledge and good practices of the diverse co-operation and partnership solutions between higher education institutions and working life in order to develop students’ possibilities to quicker step into working life from higher education and thereby to extend their working careers.
European project with University of Luxembourg as partner (2011-2012)
Charles Max, Gudrun Ziegler
- QUACE – Quality Management in Cross-Border Education
This project deals with quality management of joint programmes as well as international PhD programmes in the Greater Region of Saar Lor Lux and Wallonia. It aims to strengthen the quality culture within the universities, to develop quality guidelines for joint programmes in European border regions and to improve the communication between European universities about quality assurance in joint programmes. Quality assurance is taken as a means to increase the attractiveness of international degree programmes in the Greater Region. The QUACE project takes a bottom up approach bringing together universities that do already cooperate in joint programmes in order to develop common quality guidelines. This raises the attractiveness of the regional higher education area, helps to overcome obstacles in cross-border education and strengthens the European character of the participating institutions.
European project at the University of Luxembourg (2006-2009)
Philippe Blanca, Charles Max, Markus Molz