Foundations for a learning organization: organization learning mechanisms

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Armstrong, Anona and Foley, Patrick (2003) Foundations for a learning organization: organization learning mechanisms. The Learning organisation: an international journal, 10 (2). pp. 74-82. ISSN 0969-6474


This paper outlines the results of research currently being carried out at Victoria University, Australia, into what is a learning organization, how organizations learn, and how to develop a learning organization. The objective of the present study was to identify the components that underpin the development and operation of a learning organization, i.e. the foundations, or organizational learning mechanisms, that support the development and maintenance of a learning organization. The study identified four facilitating mechanisms: the learning environment, identifying learning and development needs, meeting learning and development needs and applying learning in the workplace. Factor analysis of the learning environment questionaire identified 12 scales that supported the structural hypotheses, 11 of which had minimum reliability coefficients of 0.70 and above. This research provides and instrument for systematically measuringj and monitoring progress towards achieving a learning organization.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1108/09696470910462085
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords learning organizations, workplace learning
Citations in Scopus 107 - View on Scopus
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