Organizational Learning

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How do organizations learn, change and adapt? The chapters in this book contribute to the development of organizational learning theory in three ways. They delineate its scope, differentiating it from organizational ecology, choice and individual learning; demonstrate the explanatory power of a learning perspective; and illustrate the application of research tools useful for the study of learning.
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A collection based on the papers appearing in a February 1991 special issue of Organizational Science (entitled Organizational Learning: Papers in Honor of (and by) James G. March), as well as papers that appeared in later numbers of Organizational Science, and nine additional papers that add to the variety and quality of the collection. The 23 papers delineate the scope of organizational learning theory (i.e., differentiate it from ecology, choice, and individual learning); demonstrate the explanatory power of a learning perspective; and illustrate the application of research tools useful for studies of learning. Paper edition (unseen), $27.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Michael D Cohen and Lee S Sproull Learning from Samples of One or Fewer - James G March, Lee S Sproull and Michal Tamuz Organizing Work by Adaptation - Edwin Hutchins Organizational Learning Communities-of-Practice - John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid Toward a Unified View of Working, Learning, and Innovation Organizational Learning Curves - Dennis Epple, Linda Argote and Rukmini Devadas A Method for Investigating Intra-Plant Transfer of Knowledge Acquired through Learning by Doing Exploration and Exploitation in Organizational Learning - James G March Organization Learning - George P Huber The Contributing Processes and Literatures The Nontraditional Quality of Organizational Learning - Karl E Weick Bounded Rationality and Organizational Learning - Herbert A Simon Individual Learning and Organizational Routine - Michael D Cohen Emerging Connections Organizational Adaptation and Environmental Selection - Interrelated Processes of Change - Daniel A Levinthal Technology Diffusion and Organizational Learning - Paul Attewell The Case of Business Computing Organizational Learning and Personnel Turnover - Kathleen Carley An Organizational Learning Model of Convergence and Reorientation - Theresa K Lant and Stephen J Mezias Executive Succession and Organization Outcomes in Turbulent Environments - Beverly Virany, Michael L Tushman and Elaine Romanelli An Organization Learning Approach Collective Mind in Organizations - Karl E Weick and Karlene H Roberts Heedful Interrelating on Flight Decks Technological Change and the Management of Architectural Knowledge - Rebecca M Henderson Organizational Evolution and the Social Ecology of Jobs - Anne S Miner Organizational Routines Are Stored as Procedural Memory - Michael D Cohen and Paul Bacdayan Evidence from a Laboratory Study Culture and Organizational Learning - Scott D N Cook and Dvora Yanow Organizing for Continuous Improvement - Sidney G Winter Learning by Knowledge-Intensive Firms - William H Starbuck Organizational Learning - Barbara Levitt and James G March Learning through Failure - Sim B Sitkin The Strategy of Small Losses

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