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Publication date: 23 May 2008

Teresa Manuela Rebelo and Adelino Duarte Gomes

The purpose of this article is to analyse the evolution of the concepts of organizational learning and the learning organization and propose guidelines for the future..

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to analyse the evolution of the concepts of organizational learning and the learning organization and propose guidelines for the future..

Design/methodology/approach

The evolution of organizational learning and the learning organization is analysed in the light of the three‐stage model of the evolution of concepts developed by Reichers and Schneider in 1990.

Findings

Based on the aforesaid model, the authors positioned these topics at the beginning of the second stage of evolution, a period characterised by evaluation and the attempt to add to the comprehension of concepts through empirical research and conceptual clarification. Faced with this finding, the authors argue that the development and consolidation of concepts is mainly a question of researchers' responsibility and suggest some key areas to guarantee their progress and their general acceptance in the future.

Originality/value

The use of a concept's life cycle stage model as a framework to analyse evolution of the concepts of organizational learning and the learning organization that allows comprehension of their pattern of development and, in consequence, provides a consistent basis to propose guidelines for their future development.

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The Learning Organization, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-6474

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Publication date: 5 April 2011

Teresa Manuela Rebelo and Adelino Duarte Gomes

The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between some variables (organizational structure, organizational dimension and age, human resource characteristics, the…

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between some variables (organizational structure, organizational dimension and age, human resource characteristics, the external environment, strategy and quality) and organizational learning culture and evaluate the way they interact with this kind of culture.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 107 Portuguese companies, where a total of 1,122 workers were asked about learning culture through a questionnaire. Data about the other organizational variables of this study were collected in official documents, from scales and also from a structured interview with top managers.

Findings

The results revealed that an organic structure, an approach to total quality principles, and highly educated employees, could act as facilitators of the development of a learning culture in organizations. On the other hand, quality certification, firm dimension and age, as well as workers' age, could act as inhibitors of this type of cultural orientation.

Research limitations/implications

In spite of the meaningful results found, the cross‐sectional nature and the exploratory nature of the research leads us to look carefully at the causality of the relationships under study.

Practical implications

The results of this study, in so far as they point out some factors linked to greater cultural orientation to learning in organizations and some factors linked to less orientation to learning, provide clues for organizations concerning better management of their investment in developing this kind of culture.

Originality/value

In the literature on organizational learning and learning organizations, culture emerges as a key concept. In fact, organizational culture is mainly conceived as an essential condition to promote and support learning in organizations. Despite its recognized importance in the literature, little research has been devoted to this issue, namely research centered on the related factors that could contribute to its development.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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