Communicated Knowledge: A Learning Foundation
International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 25-58, 1997
34 Pages Posted: 9 May 2011
Date Written: May 4, 2011
Organizational learning capabilities are embedded in organizational communication systems and processes related to knowledge creation and articulation. The emergence of new organizational forms (such as horizontal organizations) in rapidly-changing environments and hyper-competitive markets underscores the need to better understand these foundational sources of learning. In fact the reason horizontal organizations may find success is that their structure is intended to promote communications systems and processes which enhance a knowledge response sequence similar to a stimulus-response sequence associated with learning. These systems permit managers to quickly gather information, respond with agility in making decisions, and continue to make ongoing adjustments. Firms which understand the need to build their communications capabilities may be characterized as meta-learning organizations. Resource-based theory suggests that communications systems and processes are thus sources of competitive advantage. Future empirical research on organizational learning may progress by evaluating specific measures of communication process as proxies for learning processes.
Keywords: organizational learning, knowledge, communication
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