Organisational learning: a critical review

Catherine L. Wang, Pervaiz K. Ahmed

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This paper reviews the conceptual framework of organisational learning, and identifies five focuses of the concept and practices within the existing literature, namely, focus on collectivity of individual learning; process or system; culture or metaphor; knowledge management; and continuous improvement. In line with current industrial contexts, this paper tentatively redefines the concept of organisational learning, incorporating the aspect of radical innovation and creativity. The aim of this paper is to provide a clarified and updated understanding of organisational learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Organization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

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