The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 18 April 2008



Blackman, D. (2008), "Editorial", The Learning Organization, Vol. 15 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/tlo.2008.11915caa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: The Learning Organization, Volume 15, Issue 3.

Welcome everyone to issue 3 of volume 15 for The Learning Organization the international journal of knowledge and organizational learning management. As you know Steven Walczak has decided to stand down as Editor and so my first task as the incoming Editor is to thank Steven for his outstanding contribution over the last three years. He has continued to raise the standards of this journal as is indicated, not only by the increase in the number of contributions, but also by the rising numbers of citations year by year. I also wish to add a very personal thank you as Steven has been, as you would all expect, unfailingly helpful and supportive during the handover and has tried to make it as painless a process as possible.

Steven has ensured that, as the topics related to the area have developed, so has the journal coverage. I hope you enjoy the variety of papers to be found in issue 3 of volume 15; they reflect the wide range of ideas and topics that the journal represents. As inferred in his editorial in issue 1 of volume 15, there has been an expansion of The Learning Organization over the years to incorporate aspects of knowledge management and knowledge creation, as well as all aspects of organizational learning. This change has been ongoing and is very timely as, for there to be effective long term development in the area, these related topics need to develop and grow as an integrated body of knowledge which will enable academics and practitioners to utilise and extend theory in order to maximise organisational effectiveness, in whatever sense that may be desired.

On behalf of the editorial team, I would like to thank you, the readers and contributors, for your support to this journal over the years, whilst anticipating its ongoing development and growth. I am looking forward to acting as Editor with both excitement and trepidation. Excitement at the things to be learnt, the ideas to be read and the people to meet. Trepidation that I will be able to maintain the high standards and not be overwhelmed by the work and task in hand. However, judging by the standard and variety of the contributions that I have received so far, excitement will be the prevailing emotion. Thank you all for your support in advance and I hope to meet many of you over the next few years.

Deborah Blackman

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