Promoting ‘Joined Up’ Working in the Public Sector: The Development and Evaluation of a Knowledge Portal for Collaborative Working by Local Government Health and Safety Inspectors

By Norma Ford.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A case study describing the development and evaluation of a web portal designed to facilitate inter-organisational collaborative working by public sector employees.

Keywords: Collaborative Working, 'Joined up’ Working, Public Sector, Knowledge Management, Portal, Internet Technologies, Health and Safety Enforcement, Inter-organisational Working

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.137-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.069MB).

Norma Ford

Norma Ford is a graduate of the University of Salford. She is professionally qualified as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has 5 years professional experience in health and safety enforcement work. Currently she works as a senior lecturer at the University of Salford specialising in teaching and researching occupational health and safety. She has undertaken a variety of funded research projects for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other Government Bodies ranging from a cost benefit analysis of the Genetically Modified (Contained Use) Regulations through to the investigating ways of improving health and safety training for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Her most recent research project, which was funded by the HSE, aimed to explore means of facilitating and supporting communications and the professional development of local authority based health and safety enforcement officers. The outcome of the project was the design and evaluation of a web portal which demonstrated a range of advantages including further developmental potential.

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