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Supporting continuous learning in a large organization: the role of group and organizational perspectives

Mulholland, Paul; Zdrahal, Zdenek and Domingue, John (2005). Supporting continuous learning in a large organization: the role of group and organizational perspectives. Applied Ergonomics, 36(2) pp. 127–134.

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Many organizations recognize the need to continuously adapt and learn in order to survive and remain competitive. Learning and therefore change in organizations is driven in two ways. First, there is strategically driven learning, motivated by high-level factors such as market changes, company mergers and newly emerging approaches to organizational management and workplace learning. These changes reveal themselves in the introduction of new training programmes, recruitment strategies and knowledge management methodologies. Second, there is local, continuous learning occurring from the ground up. This is revealed as workers become more adept at their job through experience and collaboration with colleagues. Continuous learning is more gradual and
requires local autonomy. This paper describes an experiment in supporting local, continuous learning, and its dissemination, but driven by a strategic initiative of the organization. This work raised many issues concerning the difficulty of integrating local and global organizational influences on learning. We outline lessons learned and suggestions as to the extent to which it is possible to align continuous learning witha company-wide perspective.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0003-6870
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Programme for IT for learning and training in industryP29015ESPRIT
Keywords: organizational learning; workplace autonomy; organizational influences on learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 2973
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 11:44
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