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Aktörssamverkan i praktiken

om lärande och makt i samverkansprocesser mellan aktörer i livsmedelssystemet

Westberg, Lotten (2005). Aktörssamverkan i praktiken. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2005:96
ISBN 91-576-6995-3
[Doctoral thesis]

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Abstract

Stakeholder-collaboration is a process for collaborative learning among stakeholders within the agri-food system. The goal of this process is to facilitate stakeholder consensus building and problem solving. This is motivated by the fact that collaborative learning among agri-food stakeholders is an important condition for improvements in food production. Stakeholder-collaboration strives towards certain kinds of learning which includes learning about factual matters, as well as norms and values which are prevalent in agri- food production. It has, however, proved hard to achieve good results from this process in practical application. The overall aim of this thesis is to develop a better understanding of two aspects of stakeholder-collaboration, namely learning and power, and how they relate to one another. The thesis is based upon two case studies of agri-food stakeholders from two different regions in Sweden. Both apply a two step method. In the first step, an action research oriented approach is used to experience stakeholder-collaboration in a real life setting. The second includes a qualitative analysis of learning and power and is inspired by a constructionist perspective on learning, critical power analysis and Habermas´ communication theory. One conclusion that can be drawn from this work is that the way in which stakeholder-collaboration is designed has consequences for how the participants perceive the process and how they choose to respond. In this thesis, both the design of the process and the responses given to it, are conceptualized as an exercise of power since they affect the participants´ possibilities for learning. Power and learning are understood as reciprocal relationships between the participating stakeholders. Therefore, instead of trying to obliterate power in order to facilitate learning, stakeholdercollaboration should be designed in a way that makes the exercise of power among stakeholders productive and not restricting.

Authors/Creators:Westberg, Lotten
Title:Aktörssamverkan i praktiken
Subtitle:om lärande och makt i samverkansprocesser mellan aktörer i livsmedelssystemet
Year of publishing :2005
Volume:2005:96
Number of Pages:263
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6995-3
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:["eprint_fieldopt_language_Swe" not defined]
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:food production, food industry, sustainability, cooperative activities
Keywords:stakeholder, collaboration, learning, power, agri-food systems, sustainable food production
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-727
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-727
ID Code:924
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landskapsplanering, Ultuna (940701-051231)
Deposited By: Lotten Westberg
Deposited On:09 Sep 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:08

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