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Learning in strategic alliances: A Vygotskian perspective

Abhijit Ghosh (Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



Although organizational learning occurs through individuals, it would be a mistake to conclude that organizational learning is nothing but the cumulative result of their members' learning. Organizations do not have brains, but they have cognitive systems and memories. A device cited in this literature as an important tool for organizational learning is the “Strategic Alliance” – an important element of contemporary firms' competitive strategies. This paper attempts to look at the phenomenon of inter‐organizational learning through the socio‐cultural‐historical lens of Vygotsky and hopes to advance a theoretical framework, which is more eclectic and can therefore better explain the dynamics of learning in alliances.



Ghosh, A. (2004), "Learning in strategic alliances: A Vygotskian perspective", The Learning Organization, Vol. 11 No. 4/5, pp. 302-311.



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