`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

The Role of Evaluative Enquiry in Creating Learning Organizations

The Role of Evaluative Enquiry in Creating Learning Organizations

The role of evaluative enquiry in creating learning organizations
halliePreskill and Rosalie T.Torres

In this chapter we propose that traditional forms of evaluation practice within organizations be reconceptualized as ‘evaluative enquiry’ for organizational learning. Evaluative enquiry requires that organization members critically consider what they think, say and do in the context of the work environment. Evaluative enquiry is an approach to understanding, improving and changing organizational life where the beneficiaries of enquiry are the enquirers. It implies both thought and action, as well as cognitive, behavioural, and affective processes that influence the way we make decisions, solve problems, adapt to change, and meet learning and performance challenges. The processes we have identified as the core of evaluative enquiry are:

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