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The effect of downsizing strategy and reorientation strategy on a learning orientation

Mark Farrell (Asia Pacific Graduate School of Management, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia)
Felix T. Mavondo (Department of Marketing, Monash University, Clayton, Australia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

This paper integrates literature from downsizing and organisational learning. A conceptual framework is developed which argues that downsizing (adaptive or single loop learning) and reorientation (double loop or generative learning) will have a negative and positive effect respectively, on the three elements of a learning orientation: commitment to learning; shared vision); open‐mindedness. Data were collected from the top 2,000 manufacturers in Australia, and analysed using a structural equation modelling approach. Results confirm the study hypotheses. Implications for management are discussed, along with suggestions for further research.

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Farrell, M. and Mavondo, F.T. (2004), "The effect of downsizing strategy and reorientation strategy on a learning orientation", Personnel Review, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 383-402. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480410539470

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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