Intra-Organizational Learning Networks within Knowledge-Intensive Learning Environments

Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 39-63, March 2010

25 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2008 Last revised: 2 Apr 2010

See all articles by Miha Škerlavaj

Miha Škerlavaj

BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour; University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Economics, Department of Management and Organization

Vlado Dimovski

University of Ljubljana

Andrej Mrvar

University of Ljubljana

Marko Pahor

University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

Organizational learning contributes to organizational performance. One research question that remains inadequately explained is how learning occurs. Can it be explained by using the acquisition or participation perspectives? Or is there a need for some other view? This paper suggests that learning networks form an important learning environment for knowledge transfer. A case study of a software development and business consulting company is used to test the network perspective on intra-organizational learning. Both exploratory and confirmatory social network analysis of a learning network within the IT company are used to establish learning patterns within organizations. Learning needs to be seen as both participation in communities of practice and a flow of previously acquired knowledge.

Keywords: organizational learning, network perspective, social network analysis, exponential random graph modeling, knowledge-intensive learning environment

JEL Classification: M1

Suggested Citation

Skerlavaj, Miha and Dimovski, Vlado and Mrvar, Andrej and Pahor, Marko, Intra-Organizational Learning Networks within Knowledge-Intensive Learning Environments (January 1, 2008). Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 39-63, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1308590

Miha Skerlavaj (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour ( email )

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University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Economics, Department of Management and Organization ( email )

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Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia

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Vlado Dimovski

University of Ljubljana ( email )

Dunajska 104
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia

Andrej Mrvar

University of Ljubljana ( email )

Dunajska 104
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia

Marko Pahor

University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Kardeljeva ploscad 17
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia
+38615892629 (Phone)
+38615892698 (Fax)

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