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Organizational learning, knowledge management practices and firm’s performance: An empirical study of a heavy engineering firm in India

Ajay K. Jain (Department of Human Behavior and Organization Development Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India)
Ana Moreno (School of Industrial Engineering, Department of Organization, Business Administration and Statistics, Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM), Madrid, Spain)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 12 January 2015




The study aims at investigating the impact of organizational learning (OL) on the firm’s performance and knowledge management (KM) practices in a heavy engineering organization in India.


The data were collected from 205 middle and senior executives working in the project engineering management division of a heavy engineering public sector organization. The organization manufactures power generation equipment. Questionnaires were administered to collect the data from the respondents.


Results were analyzed using the exploratory factor analysis and multiple regression analysis techniques. The findings showed that all the factors of OL, i.e. collaboration and team working, performance management, autonomy and freedom, reward and recognition and achievement orientation were found to be the positive predictors of different dimensions of firm’s performance and KM practices.

Research limitations/implications

The implications are discussed to improve the OL culture to enhance the KM practices so that firm’s performance could be sustained financially or otherwise. The study is conducted in one division of a large public organization, hence generalizability is limited.


This is an original study carried out in a large a heavy engineering organization in India that validates the theory of OL and KM in the Indian context.



The authors are grateful to Hannele Tuulia from UPM; and Madrid Varanki for proofreading the article.


Jain, A.K. and Moreno, A. (2015), "Organizational learning, knowledge management practices and firm’s performance: An empirical study of a heavy engineering firm in India", The Learning Organization, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 14-39.



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