`A valuable resource for academics and practitioners in management and corporate strategy, as well as those involved in mangement training and development' - European Foundation for Management Development 'The editors' overall assessment is that there has been insufficient dialogue between the two camps of action research and theorizing.... As a contribution to mapping this divided house, the text is an apt illustration of these problems. The editor's overview is of interest...' - Stephen Gibb, University of Strathclyde, MCB University Press The debates surrounding concepts of `organizational learning' and the `learning organization' receive a welcome synthezis in this book. Inte

Organizational Learning as the Development of Stories: Canons, Apocrypha and Pious Myths

Organizational Learning as the Development of Stories: Canons, Apocrypha and Pious Myths

Organizational learning as the development of stories: Canons, apocrypha and pious myths
DavidSims

This chapter offers a model of organizational learning from the perspective of narrative research. The term ‘organization’ has been regularly problem-atized from textbooks upwards over recent years (for example, Hatch, 1997; Sims et al., 1993). There has also been considerable discussion about the meaning of learning. In the narrative spirit, this chapter does not enter into propositional debate, but rather offers another way of telling the story of what happens in organizational learning which may be enlightening and engaging, rather than being presented as a superior story; compelling, I hope, but not compulsory.

Learning has been defined within the behaviourist tradition as a ...

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