`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

Balancing Biases: A Critical Review of the Literature on Organizational Learning

Balancing biases: A critical review of the literature on organizational learning

In this chapter, several shortcomings which I believe to be present in the literature on organizational learning (OL) will be reviewed by means of four identified biases. These biases concern hidden ideas and assumptions behind the literature that have not been made explicit and which ensure that the received theories on organizational learning lean unnecessarily in certain directions while overlooking others. I shall attempt here to indicate how these biases could be balanced.

The biases are identified as follows: a bias towards improvement, an individual action bias, an environmental adaptation bias, and a planned learning bias.

The various questions through which Prange (Chapter 2) has characterized ...

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