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Organisational learning – it’s just routine

David Tranfield (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Joanne Duberley (Sheffield University Management School, Sheffield, UK)
Stuart Smith (Centre for Strategic Change, London, UK)
Gillian Musson (University of Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK)
Paul Stokes (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



Reports research into how the organisational learning process can be routinised. Three sets of enabling routines and four sets of defensive routines are identified which are core to facilitating and challenging the learning process. A field‐tested prototype methodology is reported which supports the introduction of a strategy for organisational learning and change by practitioners within companies. In this way the abstract notions of organisational learning, corporate regeneration and change can be made operational.



Tranfield, D., Duberley, J., Smith, S., Musson, G. and Stokes, P. (2000), "Organisational learning – it’s just routine", Management Decision, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 253-260.




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