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Facilitating organizational learning in the Russian business context

Mariia Molodchik (School of Economics and Finance, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Perm, Russian Federation)
Carlos Jardon (Department of Applied Economics, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain AND International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Perm, Russian Federation)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 14 September 2015




The paper aims to identify particular traits of the Russian context which condition two key enablers of organizational learning: organizational culture and transformational leadership.


Drawing on a literature review, the study determines management challenges by implementation of organizational learning in the Russian business context. Taking this into account, the authors suggest specific model of organizational learning which contains organizational learning processes, organizational culture oriented towards learning and transformational leadership. Empirical justification of this model is provided using a sample of more than 100 respondents. Partial least squares-analysis is applied to define structural relationships between the elements of proposed model.


The study reveals the positive and significant influence of transformational leadership and an organizational culture on organizational learning processes. Moreover, transformational leadership is shown to have a positive impact on an organizational culture, confirming the hypothesis regarding the pivotal role of leaders in the Russian business context.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study can assist managers doing business in Russia to improve organizational learning processes. The size of the sample appears to be the main limitation of this study. Questions that might also be addressed in additional research concern the influence of organizational learning on the performance of Russian companies.


The paper contributes to a better understanding of the barriers and stimuli exacted on organizational learning and provides empirical evidence of organizational learning practices of Russian companies.



This study comprises research findings from the project No 15-18-20039 supported by the Russian Science Foundation. The authors gratefully acknowledge anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments which allow improving this paper.


Molodchik, M. and Jardon, C. (2015), "Facilitating organizational learning in the Russian business context", The Learning Organization, Vol. 22 No. 6, pp. 306-316.



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