Rooke, Clementinah Ndhlovu, Tzortzopoulos, Patricia, Koskela, Lauri and Rooke, John (2008) Accounting for knowledge embedded in artefacts within healthcare settings: Defining the direction of the research. In: Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference, 8-9th may 2008, Salford, Greater Manchester.. (Unpublished)

This research takes place within the framework of the Knowledge and Information Management (KIM) is
an EPSRC funded Grand Challenge Project which brings together expertise from management and
engineering disciplines. The project recognises that, 'in response to customers‟ changing needs,
organisations across all sectors are increasingly being asked not only to provide products in the first instance, but also to support them throughout their service life' (KIM 2006).Thus, the need to consider ways in which knowledge can be preserved in practices, records and artefacts is considered.
The aim of this research, which is in its earliest stages, is to explore multi-disciplinary contributions to this problem from the knowledge management and production management perspectives. The focus is on the role of artefacts in preserving and communicating knowledge. An ethnomethodological approach will be used to produce uniquely adequate (UA) accounts of the situated meaning of artefacts within social
processes. The proposed settings for research are healthcare facilities where the researcher will adopt an ethnographic approach to achieve a UA understanding of how patients, staff and visitors in chosen healthcare settings make sense of their built environments.

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