The purpose of this paper is to explore a new idea presenting the possible relationship between organisational learning and organisational design.
The establishment of this relation is based upon extensive literature review.
Organisational learning theory has been used to understand several organisational phenomena, like resources and competencies, tacit knowledge or the role of memory in the organisation; however, it is difficult to identify fits and consequent misfits between organisational learning and the organisational design.
This is a theoretical paper, so there is a possible limitation, regarding the lack of empirical support.
At the end of the paper a number of recommendations regarding the organisational design are suggested, in order to promote organisational learning in the firms.
This paper identifies some links between organisational learning and organisational design, providing the grounds for a subsequent development and empirically testing of those relations.
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