`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

In Search of a Social Learning Theory

In search of a social learning theory

I have followed the development of organizational learning (OL) and its counterpart, the learning organization (LO), from the time where people gave me a blank look whenever I used the terms until today, where the concept almost has become the contemporary (but perhaps very temporary) buzzword. Therefore, I think it is appropriate to start with a few reflections on OL and the LO as conceptual constructs. It may not be ‘authorized’, but to me the term OL signifies an emphasis on the processual character of learning. Using the noun connotes a reification of OL into almost fixed procedures that must be followed in order to achieve an LO. It is as if ...

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