The critical nature of diffusion in understanding the link between individual competency and collective competency is often underconceptualized. Organizational learning involves diffusion of knowledge and/or skill from the individual to members of the collective, and expansion of the collective's capacity to take effective action. Three types of individual and collective competency are identified, ranging on a continuum from explicit‐and‐quickly‐diffused to tacit‐and‐slowly‐diffused Patterns of diffusion can occur in stages: by critical mass, in cycles, or in a synthesis of styles. A model illustrating these dynamics is presented. Criteria for evaluating successful collective learning are introduced.
Tompkins, T.C. (1995), "ROLE OF DIFFUSION IN COLLECTIVE LEARNING", The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 69-85. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028824
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