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Learning on the move: A reassessment of mobility through the lens of Bateson’s learning theory

Anne Janand (RITM, Université Paris Sud, Sceaux, France)
Amélie Notais (RITM, Jean Monnet Faculty, Université Paris-Sud, Sceaux, France)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 5 February 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the types of learning engendered by internal mobility (IM) by referring to the principles elaborated by Bateson (1972).

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative methodology is followed with interviews among 50 professionals working at four large French firms.

Findings

A system of classification for IM is proposed, namely, replication, adaptation, innovation and revolution.

Practical implications

The identification of these categories invites human resource managers to reconsider the traditional career paths.

Originality/value

This paper brings a new perspective on the possible link between learning and IM and questions what employees really learn thanks to their moves.

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Citation

Janand, A. and Notais, A. (2018), "Learning on the move: A reassessment of mobility through the lens of Bateson’s learning theory", The Learning Organization, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 113-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLO-02-2017-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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