Work and information: which workplace models still work in modern digital workplaces?

Katriina Byström, Ian Ruthven, Jannica Heinström

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Introduction. In this paper, we outline some theoretical background for workplace studies in LIS to facilitate an understanding of what is new in the phenomena and how early frameworks may inform us about the modern digital workplaces. Method. We first characterise modern workplaces and discuss why new digital workplaces raise important questions for in relation to information-related activities in workplace. We explore significant, earlier frameworks on workplace information issues to question their utility in researching digital workplaces. Analysis. Our approach is to analytically examine the major trends and themes in early frameworks to present a discussion of which features may still be relevant to studying modern workplaces. Results. We see the continuance of this broad understanding of workplace information as a fruitful base for present and future studies of digital workplace information. This richness of views on workplace information leads to different understandings of information-related activities, which can create deep understandings but also conceptual confusion. Conclusion. Our workplaces have changed radically since the early frameworks; whilst some aspects may provide the underpinning for research in modern workplaces there is a need for further conceptual analyses and clarifications to facilitate future research and compile their findings.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Apr 2016
Event9th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 9) - Sweden, Uppsala, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201629 Jun 2016


Conference9th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 9)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • workplace information
  • information seeking
  • digital workplaces

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