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Tensions and contradictions in the information behaviour of board members of a voluntary organization
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2008 (English)In: Information Research, ISSN 1386-1613, Vol. 13, no 4, paper 363- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction. A study of the information behaviour of members of the Boards of the Swedish voluntary organization, Youth for Peace, is reported. The focus is on the tensions and contradictions arising out of organizational values and other factors. Method. Observation, interviews and the analysis of organizational documents were employed within the conceptual framework of activity theory. Predominantly qualitative data were gathered. Analysis. Qualitative analysis, using Atlas. ti, was carried out on the interview transcripts and other materials. Results. The study revealed a range of contradictions and tensions arising out of organizational values, the voluntary character of the organization and the life characteristics of Board members. Conclusion. The contradictions that arise in voluntary organizations affect their ability to effectively manage and exchange information between Board members and between Boards and the ordinary members. However, the values of 'doing their own thing', 'flexibility' and 'equality' helped to achieve one of the main goals of a voluntary youth organization: practical acquisition of basic information skills related to participation in a democratic body. The efficiency of information seeking and production was sacrificed, but every member of the Board had a possibility to learn a variety of jobs by hands-on practice.

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University of Sheffield , 2008. Vol. 13, no 4, paper 363- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2559Local ID: 2320/4590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2559DiVA: diva2:870653
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