Organizational Structure and Organizational Learning
Puranam, P., & Maciejovsky, B., Organizational Structure and Organizational Learning. In: L. Argote and J. M. Levine (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming
39 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017 Last revised: 24 May 2017
Date Written: May 24, 2017
In this chapter, we aim to provide a concise overview of the literature on the relationship between organizational structure and organizational learning. The objective is to organize rather than survey the literature in depth, with a view to making opportunities for further research more salient. We consider two dimensions of organizational structure: the extent to which influence patterns are clustered and symmetric, as well as two forms of organizational learning - online and offline. Arraying the existing results from the literature along these dimensions shows exactly where the empirical and theoretical gaps are, and we suggest these are particularly amenable to approaches combining models and experiments on groups.
Keywords: Organizational Structure, Organizational Learning, Knowledge Transfer, Information Sharing, Experience Sampling, Social Networks
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