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Dissertation in print The printed version of my dissertation arrived today. Was fun to run around and give it to the colleagues in the office. And, I don’t have an excuse now for postponing putting it online (which I’ve been doing because it feels scary 🙂

So, you can find it online at blog.mathemagenic.com/phd/dissertation
(it’s in 2,6 MB .pdf so far, but I’ll add a printer-friendly version a bit later).

Efimova, L. (2009). Passion at work: blogging practices of knowledge workers.  Enschede, Netherlands: Novay.

As other social media weblogs hold the promise to change the way in which work is done. In this dissertation early adopters of weblogs are studied to provide insights relevant to introducing blogging in knowledge-intensive environments.

The research focuses on describing blogging practices of knowledge workers and challenges that arise when weblogs are used in relation to work. It includes studies that combine an analysis of weblog text and links with participant observation, interviews and blogging about work-in-progress.

The findings suggest that while in some cases weblogs are used to perform one’s core tasks, the open-ended and public nature of blogging makes it more valuable for enabling work indirectly through supporting sense-making conversations, developing ideas over time and being able to tap into one’s network when needed.

By describing the practices of knowledge workers who blog, this research provides a view into the changing nature of work that becomes increasingly digital, nomadic and networked. It shows the power of individual knowledge workers, who bypass existing authorities and use their networks to stay informed and to get things done. It documents the blurred boundaries between what is personal and what is professional, as well as the growing need to know how to deal with transparency and fragmentation of one’s work.

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  • Elena Tikhomirova June 4, 2009, 11:58

    Congratulations! I wish you find as interesting and as challenging ideas as this one in you after-PhD life!

    ?? ???? ?? ???? ?? ??????! Though as far as I know it is not as troubled as in Russia.

  • Carla Verwijs June 4, 2009, 15:40

    Congratulations, Lilia! Or, as they say it here: Awesome! (I have to work on my integration in Canadian society) It must feel great to have the book, the thing you worked on for so long, in your hands. Or are you so much attached to the web that you don’t mind about the old-fashioned paper work (I can hardly imagine 😉
    I wish I could be there in Utrecht and hear your defence later this month, but the Netherlands is now so far away ….. Sorry… I will certainly cross my fingers for you that day (I hope it’s not 9 in the morning, then I have to cross my fingers in my sleep) and I’m without any doubt that you will do very well!

    Give my love to Robert and Alexander (who probably will not remember me) and I hope to seeing you in future! Conference maybe?

    Carla V.

  • Matt Moore June 7, 2009, 09:17

    Congratulations! And thanks, I’ll be taking this away and digesting slowly…

  • Eric Mack June 7, 2009, 09:41

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

    Get some rest.

  • David Brake June 18, 2009, 16:33

    Congrats! By the way I am trying to put your thesis into Endnote and there was one field that I couldn’t find. What department was it you worked at in Novay?

    Oh and your abstract above is fine but do you have a different abstract in the thesis itself? Your thesis seems to go straight to the introduction. Or did I miss it?

  • Lilia Efimova June 18, 2009, 17:55

    David, for the reference: I guess you are trying to cite it as a dissertation that usually requires details about specific department in the university. In my case it is University of Utrecht, Faculty of Social Sciences, IVLOS. However, since it’s published as a book it probably makes sense to cite it as a book, with Novay (my employer) as a publisher. (It’s also part of a series – I’ll check what exactly has to go there and update the reference) Does it make sense?

    The abstract above is a from a back of the book. There is an academic summary at the end of the book (pp. 239-240), it’s online at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/phd/dissertation/summary/

  • Jakko van der Pol June 19, 2009, 10:28

    Hi Lilia,
    I just saw you will be defending next monday. Congrats!
    Nice work on the thesis.
    Good luck monday -you will be fine!
    greetz,
    Jakko (ex-phd from R-J as well)

  • Henk Daalder June 22, 2009, 12:58

    Your work will be an inspiration for blogging learn activities, for Deeltijd WW workers in knowledge intensive organisations

  • Karsten July 21, 2009, 16:58

    Congratulations!
    I will study it thoroughly. Especially where it comes to the adoption or non-adotion in corporate settings 😉
    I plan to finish my opus until end of september and it will be available after the respective procedure. It will be in german because I could not imagine transfering my dense writing style into english 😉
    Good Luck for your work and life “after”.
    Karsten

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