In Managing Organizations Stewart Clegg, Cynthia Hardy and Walter Nord explore the major issues and debates in management and organization. The textbook addresses key topics such as leadership, decision-making and innovation in organizations alongside such themes as diversity, globalization and ecology. Students and teachers of management will find this a comprehensive and wide-ranging resource on the core issues for contemporary managers and organizations.
Chapter 10: Organizational Learning: Affirming an Oxymoron
Organizing and learning are essentially antithetical processes, which means the phrase ‘organizational learning’ qualifies as an oxymoron. To learn is to disorganize and increase variety. To organize is to forget and reduce variety. In the rush to embrace learning, organizational theorists often overlook this tension, which explains why they are never sure whether learning is something new or simply warmed-over organizational change. Either way, the reluctance to grapple with the antithesis has led to derivative ideas and unrealized potential.
As if this were not enough trouble, there appear to be more reviews of organizational learning than there is substance to review. Most reviews now available are competent summaries of a common body of work (e.g. Dodgson ...