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What is the meaning of Organisational learning?

In an organisational context, learning may not be said to occur if someone (acting for the organisation) discovers or invents a solution to a problem. Learning occurs when the problem is actually produced. This distinction is important because it implies that discovering problems and inventing solutions are necessary, but not sufficient conditions for organisational learning, noting that organisations exist to act and accomplish their intended consequence. Another reason this distinction is important is that significantly different designs, heuristics for action and criteria for success are used when individuals discover and invent concerning an issue than when they discover and invent in order to produce and outcome about the issue. See Argyris and Schön, 1978; Argyris, 1980.

Books Related to Organisational learning

Kees van der Heijden, Ron Bradfield, George Burt, George Cairns and George Wright, "The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organisational Learning with Scenarios".
     —More information on The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organisational Learning with Scenarios

Yury Boshyk, "Action Learning Worldwide: Experiences of Leadership and Organisational Development".
     —More information on Action Learning Worldwide: Experiences of Leadership and Organisational Development

Other topics in our resources on System Dynamics related to Organisational learning include: 
  • learning
  • single loop learning
  • double loop learning

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