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Ove Jobring


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Personal Statement

Ove Jobring has a PhD in Business Administration focus on Organizational Science. Throughout his research Jobring has studied Interaction and Organizing in mutual contexts, first in his thesis (1990) Cooperatives and Social movements and then Business Network development. At the same time, he has been involved in the development of ICT and Learning in education and distance education. In the last 10 years he has conducted research on the development of Online Learning Communities (OLC) and Net based Communities of Practice (CoP). He is now engaged and particularly interested in the development of support systems for continuously learning and Competence maintenance for Professionals through CoPs.

He has been Project Director for the implementation of ICT & Learning projects at the Gothenburg School of Business, Team Director for the research program Interactive Learning at the Viktoria Institute in Gothenburg and Coordinator at the Research Program LearnIT at the Swedish Knowledge Foundation. He is also the founder of the research group Online Learning Communities (OLC) at the ICT-university in Gothenburg.

He currently has the following positions at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden:

He has an extensive list of publications and edited books. Recently he was editor of

Jobring, O, Kommers, P, (Eds.). (2008). Online Learning Communities in Context, International Journal of Web Based Communities IJWBC, Vol. 4 - Issue 2 - 2008, Inderscience Publishers

ICT Interests

The research and development I conducted involving adult and adult learning and especially with the support of ICT. It's an active learning process when adults participate in a facilitated VLE (virtual learning environment) or in a CoP (Communities of Practice). In several articles, I have expressed the need for visibility of the informal learning in the Internet-based groups. One way of doing this is to implement the EU established European Qualification Framework to validate the informal learning that takes place in groups of this kind. Adult learning through and with the support of ICT are, as the younger generations grow older, likely to become increasingly accepted.

The second area important to stress in addition to informal learning, is the continuous learning that takes place with the support of the VLE and CoP. The active participation over time also means that the participants learn continuously. The development area ICT-CPD- (Information Communication Technology - Continues Professional learning) - is therefore probably something that will become more and more important in adult education.


Litteratur in selection: Please see my homepage and the CV for the most updated list of publications:

Edited special issues of journals

Jobring, O, Kommers, P, (Eds.). (2008). Online Learning Communities in Context, International Journal of Web Based Communities IJWBC, Vol. 4 - Issue 2 - 2008, Inderscience Publishers

Refereed journals

Carlén, U., & Jobring, O. (2006). Perspectives on Sustainability of Activities within Online Learning Communities. The International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol.3, No.1 pp 100-113

Carlén, U., & Jobring, O. (2005). The Rationale of Online Learning Communities. The International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol.1, No.3 pp 272-295

Jobring, O., & Ternegren, E., (1996). "Development of the Social sector in Sweden" in The Annual Journal of Plunkett Foundation , London.

Jobring, O., Alston, J.P., (1995)."Business in Russia - A Multi-Faceted Business" in Journal of Practical and Theoretical aspects of Management, (in Russia) 1995:2, International Research Institute of Management (IRIM) Moscow

Doctoral dissertation

Jobring, O., (1990). Medlemsstyrda organisationer [Member governed organizations]. BAS, Göteborg Books


Jobring, O., & Bergenholtz, J. (2007). Organisering för kontinuerligt lärande [Organisation for Continuous Learning], Proficiens

Jobring, O., (1990). Mångfald och rörelsen. [The Multitude and the Movement], Kooperativa institutet, Stockholm

Edited books

Jobring, O., Carlén, U., & Bergenholtz, J. (Eds.). (2006). Att skapa lärgemenskaper och mötesplatser på nätet [To Create Learning Communities on the Net]: Studentlitteratur, Lund

Jobring, O., & Carlén, U. (Eds.). (2005). Att förstå lärgemenskaper och mötesplatser på nätet [To Understand Learning Communities and Meetingplaces on the Net]: Studentlitteratur.

Jobring, O. (Ed.). (2004). Lärgemenskaper på Nätet - en introduktion [Learning Communities on the Net - an Introduction]. Studentlitteratur, Lund

Conference Papers (peer reviewed)

Carlén, U., & Jobring, O. (2006). Swedish School Leaders Go Online. Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Networked Learning 2006, 10-12 April 2006, Lancaster University, UK,

Jobring, O., & Carlén, U. (2005). Perspectives of Community Sustainability. In Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference of Web Based Communities (pp. 307-312): IADIS.

Carlén, U., Jobring, O., Qvistgård, M., & Nilsen, M. (2004). Typology of Online Learning Communities. In Proceedings for the First International Conference on NetLearning 2002. Ronneby, Sweden.

Jobring, O., Carlén, U., Qvistgård, M., & Nilsen, M. (2004). Constituents of Online Learning Communities. In IADIS (Ed.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference of Web Based Communities. (pp. 341-349)

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