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Organizational learning with a pragmatic slant

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A pragmatic theory of learning is introduced as a possible way of creating organizational learning and learning organizations. This learning theory rests upon what may be termed the inquiry metaphor. Two other metaphors of learning--the knowledge acquisition and the participation metaphor--are introduced as they are mirrored in the literature and in organizational development in practice. It is argued that the important element of organizational learning and learning organizations is the creation of an experimental arena for learning in which employees are able to engage in inquiry into workplace problems and, by doing so, develop their experiences with work and workplaces.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Danish University of Education, Denmark

Publication date: 2003-09-01

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