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Learning Organization, The

ISSN: 0969-6474

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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The learning organisation: a meta-analysis of themes in literature

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Title:The learning organisation: a meta-analysis of themes in literature
Author(s):Keith Thomas, (School of Business, The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia), Stephen Allen, (Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia)
Citation:Keith Thomas, Stephen Allen, (2006) "The learning organisation: a meta-analysis of themes in literature", Learning Organization, The, Vol. 13 Iss: 2, pp.123 - 139
Keywords:Learning, Learning organizations, Tacit knowledge
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/09696470610645467 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The need to create and apply knowledge has contributed to the prescription of a learning organisation. However, there is no easy answer to what this concept means. Also a major criticism of the concept relates to the yet unclear connection between learning and performance. The purpose of this paper is to review the broad global literature to identify emergent themes, synthesised into a multilevel framework of process and structural attributes that reflects key theoretical relationships and attributes underwriting organisational learning and change

Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on meta-analysis of literature published about the learning organisation and organisational learning.

Findings – Finds a multilevel framework of process and structural attributes that reflects key relationships and attributes associated with learning and change.

Practical implications – The multi-level model outlines a framework for future research that may seek to link learning and performance. The causal relationships identified also suggest practical implications for managers seeking to enact the learning organisation concept.

Originality/value – This paper synthesises the conceptual underpinnings of literature on the learning organisation into a practical framework.

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