Tools for the improvement of organizational learning processes in innovation

Petronella C. de Weerd-Nederhof, Bernice J. Pacitti, J.F. Gomes, Jorge F. da Silva Gomes, Alan W. Pearson

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Learning is an essential part of innovation, including the need to internalize and disseminate information and to reduce the duplication of research activities, both technological and organizational. Using a theoretically based framework that places emphasis on the interpretative dimension of organizational learning and centers on learning processes, descriptive accounts of organizational learning in the context of R&D-intensive companies were produced. From these case studies, specific learning tools or mechanisms were identified: job rotation, innovation process planning (activities, responsibilities, networks, sharing assumptions) and (product innovation) project review. Overall findings point to an organizational learning process which involves a high degree of parallelism and depends on the knowledge base of the organization.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)320-331
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of workplace learning
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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  • IR-58932

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