Organizational learning as an analogy to individual learning? A case of augmented interaction intensity
2015 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. 8, no 1, 55-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper attempts to explore an analogy between individual and organizational learning within experiential learning theory (ELT). The focus is on both the possibility of identifying a learning subject that learns in action, and on the genesis process behind the learning of a suggested learning subject at organizational level. The exploration uses an empirical study of a global software communication organization. The research adopts a qualitative approach, with data from three middle-management layers of a research and development (R&D) unit with 5,000 employees. During the study, shifts of emphasis occurred between two organizational logics, which required work-integrated learning. Metaphorically speaking, the organization was portrayed as ‘teeming with interaction’, and a growing wave of change decisively altered both the thinking and work processes within the organization. The organizational learning process is theoretically understood as an ‘augmented intense interaction’ around a specific content. The subject that learns and upholds the outcome is suggested to be the teeming activity, comprehended as a living organism. In practice, the awareness of an organization as a body that teems with interaction has potential to offer new understanding about how to manage change.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 8, no 1, 55-73 p.
analogy, experiential learning theory (ELT), learning subject, interaction, middle managers, organizational learning, teeming, wave
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108479DOI: 10.1007/s12186-014-9125-9ISI: 000352484400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108479DiVA: diva2:758898
ProjectsRegaining strength: Organisational learning across borders