Organizational Learning / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803970892
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/1995
  • Series: Organization Science Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

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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