COMMUNICATED KNOWLEDGE AS A LEARNING FOUNDATION

G. Page West III (Wake Forest University)
G. Dale Meyer (University of Colorado, Boulder)

The International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1055-3185

Publication date: 1 January 1997

Abstract

Organizational learning capabilities are embedded in organizational communication systems and processes related to knowledge creation and articulation. The emergence of new organizational forms (such as horizontal organizations) in rapidly‐changing environments and hyper‐competitive markets underscores the need to better understand these foundational sources of learning. In fact, the reason horizontal organizations may find success is that their structure is intended to promote communications systems and processes which enhance a knowledge‐response sequence similar to a stimulus‐response sequence associated with learning. These systems permit managers to quickly gather information, respond with agility in making decisions, and continue to make ongoing adjustments. Firms which understand the need to build their communications capabilities may be characterized as meta‐learning organizations. Resource‐based theory suggests that communications systems and processes are thus sources of competitive advantage. Future empirical research on organizational learning may progress by evaluating specific measures of communication process as proxies for learning processes.

Citation

Page West, G. and Dale Meyer, G. (1997), "COMMUNICATED KNOWLEDGE AS A LEARNING FOUNDATION", The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 25-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028861

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