The Future Center as an empowering ecology

DVIR, R., LETTICE, F., WEBB, C. and SCHWARTZBERG, Y. (2007). The Future Center as an empowering ecology. Journal of information, communication and ethics in society, 5 (2/3), 206-225.

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Purpose – To present a generic empowerment ecology framework to guide the operation of Future Centers and to empower Future Center visitors to respond to the challenges facing them and develop and implement innovative solutions. Design/methodology/approach – An in-depth case study was conducted in Be'er Sheva PISGA Future Center in the educational sector in Israel. Visits to a further 20 Future Centers around the world and a literature review helped to generalize the key findings and develop and validate the framework further. Findings – Although empowerment is not always explicitly discussed in Future Centers, it is an important underlying philosophy. The framework developed in this research helps to ensure empowerment issues are systematically addressed and contains four perspectives: operating principles; resources; supporters and processes. These combine to form the empowerment ecology. Research limitations/implications – The empowerment ecology framework has been developed from observation predominantly in one Future Center. It should now be more fully tested and validated in other Future Centers. Practical implications – This paper provides a framework to help Future Center practitioners and other future oriented working environments stakeholders to explicitly address empowerment issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, empowerment, innovation, Israel
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
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Page Range: 206-225
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:45

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