Organizational Learning

John Child

in The Oxford Handbook of Strategy

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275212
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Organizational Learning

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One of the main reasons why some firms perform better than others is that they apply superior knowledge and can adapt more effectively to changing conditions. This means that they are better at what has come to be called ‘organizational learning’. Organizational learning refers to both the process of acquiring or generating new knowledge and to its outcome. This article focuses on the conditions for promoting organizational learning as a strategic resource. It first considers learning within firms and then turns to the role of partnership through alliances between firms. It concludes with implications for practice and future research needs.

Keywords: organizational learning; firm performance; superior knowledge; new knowledge; strategic resource; firm alliances

Article.  12459 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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