THE IMPACT OF ACTOR-RELATIONAL DYNAMICS ON INTEGRATED PLANNING PRACTICE

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2021-06
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en
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14
9-22
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Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning, Volume 5
Abstract
Integrated planning processes involve an increasing number of actors and aim to create synergy between multiple knowledges in communicative settings. Planning research has acknowledged that the actor-relational aspects of planning processes are not yet adequately understood, and that methods to reveal the often- invisible dynamics and their possible effects over time require development. This research aims at developing a methodological contribution for revealing the socio-communicative complexities of integrated planning processes, by focusing on the aspects of knowledge co-creation and process memory development. Actor- relational dynamics are explored through social network analysis and qualitative methods, using longitudinal data from a four-year strategic spatial planning process in the Finnish context. The findings indicate that a range of actor-relational dynamics affect the level of sectoral and scalar integration over time, and that social complexities have an essential role in enabling knowledge co-creation and process memory development. Unveiling actor-relational dynamics is a promising research direction, requiring new methods for bridging research and practice, and re-centring the need for understanding planning practice on the actor-relational level.
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planning practice, organisational learning, strategic spatial planning, integrated planning, process memory
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Eräranta , S & Mladenović , M 2021 , ' THE IMPACT OF ACTOR-RELATIONAL DYNAMICS ON INTEGRATED PLANNING PRACTICE ' , Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning , vol. 5 , pp. 9-22 . https://doi.org/10.24306/TrAESOP.2021.01.002