Organisational learning and knowledge assets – an essential partnership

Jonathan D. Pemberton (Jonathan D. Pemberton is a Research Facilitator at Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK.)
George H. Stonehouse (George H. Stonehouse a Research Co‐ordinator at Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK.)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Publication date: 1 October 2000


Competitive success is governed by an organisation’s ability to develop new knowledge assets that create core competences. While these exist in many forms, organisational learning is an integral feature of any learning organisation that exploits its knowledge resources to generate superior performance. This paper explores the ideas and links between organisational learning and knowledge management, making reference to a number of sectors and companies, and specifically the airline industry, arguing that the culture, structure and infrastructure of an organisation are essential elements that facilitate and nurture learning. As a consequence, core competences are built and developed within the learning organisation which, in turn, contribute to its competitive success.



Pemberton, J. and Stonehouse, G. (2000), "Organisational learning and knowledge assets – an essential partnership", The Learning Organization, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 184-194.

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