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Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research
Department of Education
P.O. Box 26 (Teollisuuskatu 23)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

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Research Groups

New Forms of Work and Learning
The group studies new forms of work and learning, especially potentials of expansive learning at work.

Innovations and Organization of Research Work
The group has two lines of research. The first line focuses on network interaction and learning in innovation processes, especially the conditions and means of producer-user collaboration. The second line of research focuses on the organization and transepistemic network collaboration of research groups, especially the transformation of university research in today's changing society.

Activity Concepts, Interventions and Learning
The group studies co-operative, expansive learning and change processes in work organizations, and ways of supporting this kind of learning through interventions.
The research group also develops a proactive approach to analyzing work-related well-being at the level of workplace communities.

Workplace Learning and Developmental Transfer
The group studies collaboration between school and work from the viewpoint of transfer and boundary crossing.

Research Projects

Proactive Design
In January 2002 the Finnish Technology Agency (TEKES) initiated a five-year development program for promoting the development of new working practices and the integration of industrial design into the Finnish industry. The program (EUR 25 million) was targeted at companies, universities and research centres operating in the area. The Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at the University of Helsinki and the University of Art and Design Helsinki started a three-year research project that focuses on studying the transformation of product-development activity in large technological corporations.

The ‘Lab@Future’ project is a consortium of partners from eight countries, funded by the European Union

Negotiated Practice in Healthcare
Developing a negotiated practice between primary health care and specialized hospital care in Helsinki.