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Of course organizations can learn!
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2005 (English)In: Learning Organization, ISSN 0969-6474, E-ISSN 1758-7905, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 213-218Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a comment for all those writers who claim that organizations cannot learn. The author consistently rejects this notion. Rather the author contends that organizations can learn, in at least two different ways. The author reviews some of the common arguments against organizational learning, and tries to answer the opponents. The main argument against the critics is that they are too busy to look for evidence that organizations are not like individuals and that organizations therefore cannot learn. Instead, the author argues that it is a question of level of analysis. The author also suggests that theories as well as knowledge in general are metaphoric, implying that organizations as such of course are able to learn. The organizational learning perspectives can, of course, be used by employers and managers in order to avoid efforts that help the individuals to learn. But they can also be appropriate perspectives of learning that help in avoiding large investments on organizational learning efforts that might be unnecessary.

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Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2005. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 213-218
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Organizational learning, Metaphor, Employee development
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3568DOI: 10.1108/09696470510583566Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-19744374701OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3568DiVA, id: diva2:284802
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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