Defining learning organisations and learning cultures (Innovative Workplaces: Making Better Use of Skills within Organisations)

This chapter reviews the research literature on learning organisations. After briefly recalling the historical link to the notion of organisational learning, it reviews the related management literature, showing that much of it is normative and concerned with the development of diagnostic tools that can be used by managers to assess and improve the learning capabilities of their organisations. It stresses the importance given to the notion of "learning culture", defined as a set of shared beliefs, values and attitudes favourable to learning. This management literature is only weakly linked to an empirical research program designed to observe and measure the extent to which existing firms display the characteristics of learning organisations.
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