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Turning weakness into strength: strategies for future LIS
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2010 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 66, no 1, 7-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose – LIS has been described as a fragmented field in crisis, with an increased competition from other fields; and lacking in development of theories. The purpose of this paper is to articulate a strategy in which the perceived weakness can be seen as a source of strength. Design/methodology/approach – The text builds mostly on reflections on meta-theoretical and science-organisation literature. Ten distinct problems for the research field are identified and discussed in order to provide a viable strategy for the future. Findings – While it is common to suggest a convergent movement toward the idealised characteristics of the strong research discipline as a recipe against fragmentation, a strong convergent movement is suggested that feeds off the fragmented character of the field. What is commonly perceived as a weakness, the multidimensional character of the field, can be translated into a strategic resource. Originality/value – The paper provides a fresh perspective on the strategic situation of LIS.

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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. , 2010. Vol. 66, no 1, 7-27 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2812DOI: 10.1108/00220411011016344Local ID: 2320/6607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2812DiVA: diva2:870906
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13

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