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Organizational Learning Contracts

Paul S. Goodman

in Organizational Learning Contracts

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199738656
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738656.003.0002
Organizational Learning Contracts

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This chapter delineates the concept of the Organizational Learning Contract (OLC), the intellectual frame for our work. The learning contract represents the beliefs the respective parties hold regarding their duties, responsibilities and expectations of each other in regard to learning. These beliefs are socially shared normative expectations about activities relevant to learning embedded in the organization. The key actors or participants in a learning contract in higher education include professors, students, administrators, alumni and, sometimes, external constituencies. The three elements of the OLC are discussed: Learning Outcomes, Learning Environments, and Organizational Systems. The differences between weak and strong contracts are examined.

Keywords: learning outcomes; learning environments; organizational systems; strong and weak contracts; OLC consequences

Chapter.  8130 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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