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Organizational learning, change process, and evolution of management systems: Empirical evidence from the Basque Region

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Purpose ? The purpose of this research is to analyze the relationship between the organizational learning capacity of manufacturing companies in the Spanish Basque Region and their management systems. Design/methodology/approach ? To this end, an ad hoc questionnaire was devised and addressed to the Chief Executive Officers of a representative sample of 200 companies from all manufacturing sectors of the Basque Country. Findings ? The results obtained show that the characteristics of the management system of a company (the strategy formulation process and organizational design) do not condition the learning level that can be attained as a result of an experience of concrete change. However, it is true that companies which have experienced changes in which a high level of learning has been achieved have adapted their management systems more according to what theorists deem appropriate to help future learning. Originality/value ? The research carried out allows a better practical knowledge of the existing relationship between management systems, change processes, and levels of organizational learning.
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Keywords: Change management; Learning; Learning organizations; Spain

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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