Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/106135
Type: Report
Title: Learning organisations: A literature review and critique
Author: Talbot, S.
Stothard, C.
Drobnjak, M.
McDowall, D.
Publisher: DSTO Defence Science and Technology Organisation Land Division
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: Technical Report; DSTO-TR-2928
ISSN: 2206-978X
Assignee: Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Steven Talbot, Christina Stothard, Maya Drobnjak and Denise McDowall
Abstract: A literature review on the Learning Organisation field was conducted, examining the dominant assumptions and creating a solid foundation for the practical application of the learning organisation concept to the Australian Army. In order to examine the literature's dominant assumptions, we asked the following questions: (i) What are the various meanings attributed to learning organisations?; (ii) What sorts of learnings are privileged within the literature?; (iii) What are the key characteristics or "building blocks" that make up a learning organisation? We discovered that the learning organisation construct represents an evolution from bureaucratic and performance-based organisational form to innovative and flexible organisations. In surveying the literature, other factors found to impact on learning organisations included cognitive, social, cultural, technological and structural elements. For example, learning organisations apply increasingly sophisticated understanding of knowledge and personnel management to best exploit their social, intellectual and knowledge capital. In contrast, some factors are not adequately explored in the literature; for example, the significance of power relations, hierarchy and authority on learning within and by organisations has not been fully elucidated. There is an increasing number of studies investigating the direct impact of developing a learner-centric approach on organisational outcomes; the number of studies linking learning to improved organisational performance is growing. There are real, significant and measureable benefits of developing the learning capabilities of an organisation.
Description: Approved for Public Release - Unclassified
Rights: © Commonwealth of Australia 2015
RMID: 0030071484
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