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Dr Kate Lyle 

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Dr Kate Lyle is Research Fellow within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

I am a research fellow working on a project titled Work Organisation, Lifelong Learning and Employee-Driven Innovation in the Health Sector. The research is funded by ESRC through the LLAKES Centre for Research in Learning and Life Chances based at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. The project aims to explore how employee driven innovation can develop and flourish in the healthcare sector, with a particular focus on how different forms of work organisation and models of education and training impede or facilitate this.

Prior to taking up this post, I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton in 2013, titled Constructing Workable Technologies: the space for sociological research in technological development. My thesis explored the possibilities of using sociological research to prospectively assess the field of use for a developing technology in order that this information might be used to inform the design of a device that is appropriate to the needs of the setting. My PhD research formed part of a wider project which involved a diverse multidisciplinary team working to develop a point of care blood testing device for use within clinical settings. My research focused on exploring the potential use of this device within several healthcare settings, to explore if and how the device might come into use, and the implications of this for the continued development of the technology. I drew on theories from the field of science and technology studies to develop a theoretical framework capable of prospective research, which I applied using a qualitative methodology.

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  • Socio-technical understandings of technologies and how they come into, particularly in relation to healthcare environments
  • Innovation within the workforce
  • Applying Science and Technology Studies
  • Interdisciplinary working – particularly across the social and physical sciences

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Work Organisation, Lifelong Learning and Employee-Driven Innovation in the Health Sector

This project is funded until December 2015 by the ESRC, as part of the LLAKES Centre for Research in Learning and Life Chances (PI: Andy Green, grant reference ES/J019135/1)

I am working with Professors Susan Halford (University of Southampton), and Alison Fuller (UCL Institute of Education, University College London) to understand how different forms of work organisation and models of education and training impede or facilitate employee-driven innovation in the healthcare sector, and utilises a qualitative methodology to explore examples of employee driven innovation within diverse healthcare settings. Case studies will be drawn from across the healthcare sector, including public, private, and third sector organisations. Data collection within each case study will focus on the actors involved in innovation at different organisational levels (including healthcare support worker, clinicians, and managerial staff), to understand the factors that facilitate and impede employee driven innovation. By exploring the conditions within which employee innovation is enabled, we aim to provide an understanding of how the capacity of the workforce to innovate may be enhanced.

ESRC - Shaping Society
Research in Learning and Life Chances
LLAKES Centre

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LLAKES Centre for Research in Learning and Life Chances

Dr Kate Lyle
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/4075

Telephone:(023) 8059 2981
Email:K.Lyle@soton.ac.uk

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