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2006 Awards for Excellence
The following article was selected for this years Outstanding Paper Award for
"What makes al-Qaeda a global learning network?"
Matthew HarrisonQueensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia
Purpose This paper aims to reconceptualise the literature on learning organisations, fourth blueprint management and entrepreneurialism to develop the idea of a global learning network.
Design/methodology/approach This notion is used to highlight successful leadership and management practices used by a transnational organisation to respond to change in a way that fosters entrepreneurial action.
Findings The author has identified al-Qaeda as a pertinent and timely example through which to examine this new perspective because of its unique culture and enabling structure that encourage members to act as both environmental scanners and agents of influence in affecting change.
Originality/value The al-Qaeda case study illustrates how the four elements of metastrategic design namely: vision, identity, configuration, and action can operate to sustain organisational learning and renewal for more conventional transnational organisations.
Keywords: Learning organizations, Plans, Strategic planning, Terrorism www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14636680510581286
This article originally appeared in Volume 7 Number 1, 2005, pp. 4-10, of foresight
The following article was selected for this years Highly Commended Award
"Powering the world with nuclear energy past, present, and inevitable future"
Marvin Baker Schaffer
This article originally appeared in Volume 7 Number 2, 2005, of foresight
"Hindsight and the delusion of control"
This article originally appeared in Volume 7 Number 4, 2005, of foresight
"Knowledge intensive business services: prospects and policies"
This article originally appeared in Volume 7 Number 6, 2005, of foresight