- University of Jyväskylä
- Department of Communication
|Work history||I'm working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. My research focuses on the following two core areas: 1) ethical principles and development of interpersonal communication competence in working life and 2) crisis interaction and crisis communication competence. In addition, my work duties include, for example, teaching and supervising MA theses.
I have a PhD degree in Speech Communication. In my doctoral dissertation I studied interpersonal communication competence and its development in the work of researchers.
During the years 2012–2014, I worked as a Project Researcher on two international EU-funded research projects: 1) Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management (PEP, FP7) and 2) CBRN crisis management: Architecture, Technologies and Operational Procedures (CATO/TEC, FP7).
For more information you can visit my home page http://www.annelaajalahti.com and our research project page http://www.crisiscommunication.fi.
|Study history||• University of Jyväskylä, Department of Communication, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), 2014
In my doctoral dissertation I studied interpersonal communication competence and its development in the work of researchers. Dissertation: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-5618-9
• University of Jyväskylä, Department of Education, Pedagogical qualification in Adult Education, 60 ECTS, 2013
|Publications||Home page: http://www.annelaajalahti.com|
The development of interpersonal communication competence in the context of meaning-based work
Many researches emphasise the importance of interpersonal communication competences in learning, in working life, and in society in general (Daly, 1998, 2002; Morreale, Osborn and Pearson, 2000). Changes in the working life (e.g., globalisation, the development of information and communication technology, the increase in abstract, conceptual, and knowledge-intensive work, and the increase in collaborative interaction) have established new challenges to the interpersonal communication competence and enhanced the essential role of communication and interaction at work (FinnSight 2015 -foresight project, 2006; Huotari, Hurme and Valkonen, 2005; Kostiainen, 2003). Although it seems to be obvious that the interpersonal communication competence is a core competence in current meaning-based working life, little research has had its primary focus on examining how the interpersonal communication competence actually develops and how it is learned at work. The aim of the research project is to describe and understand the development of the interpersonal communication competence in the context of meaning-based work. The research focuses on experiences and perceptions which professionals – working in the meaning-based work environments – have related to the development of their own interpersonal communication competence at work. Special attention is given to experientially significant learning experiences which belong to the field of informal learning in working life. Research data will be collected by means of interviewing and collecting open-ended responses to questions about one’s experientially significant learning experiences. Participants will be postdoctoral researchers who work in national Centres of Excellence in Finland. The work of these researchers is mainly meaning-based, and a great deal of it is based on communication and interaction. Research will answer the following research questions: 1) What is the interpersonal communication competence in the work of researchers? 2) How does the interpersonal communication competence develop informally in the work of researchers? 3) What kinds of learning experiences are experientially significant in the development of the interpersonal communication competence in the work of researchers? The theoretical value of the research project is in improving the understanding of the development of adults’ interpersonal communication competence in the context of meaning-based work. Research findings can also assist in analysing the phenomena of experience-based learning, informal learning, and learning at work from the perspective of speech communication and human interaction. Although the research is based on the hermeneutical interest in knowledge as such, research results can be applied in many ways, for instance in developing working life and formal communication education.
|Dissertation title||Vuorovaikutusosaaminen ja sen kehittyminen tutkijoiden työssä [Interpersonal communication competence and its development in the work of researchers]|
|Year of defence||2014|
|Link to dissertation||http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-5618-9|