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Organizational Learning as an Analogy to Individual Learning? A Case of Augmented Interaction Intensity
Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6229-2673
Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. 8, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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Sweden: Springer , 2014. Vol. 8, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27171DOI: 10.1007/s12186-014-9125-9ISI: 000352484400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937001547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27171DiVA: diva2:774089
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Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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