Accession Number:

AD0608238

Title:

ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING: OBSERVATIONS TOWARD A THEORY,

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Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE INST OF TECH PITTSBURGH PA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ADMINISTRATION

Report Date:

1964-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

The objective of this research was an exploratory one. Close observations of a team faced with a complex and prolonged task in a management simulation exercise resulted in comprehensive discussions of how organizations learn. Each of these discussions lacked coverage for some of the things that had been observed in the game however, a synthesis was proposed which makes learning in organization a product of different kinds of stress. It presumes that organizational learning is sporadic and step-wise rather than continuous and gradual and that learning what preferences and goals are goes hand-in-hand with learning how to achieve them. It postulates separate mechanisms to control adaptation of the organization as a total system. Links are also proposed to show how the interactions between subsystem and total-system adaptation determine the overall course of organizational learning and development. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE