How Do Public Organizations Learn? Bridging Cultural and Structural Perspectives

Public Administration Review • November | December 2009

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Donald P. Moynihan

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

Noel Landuyt

University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

How do public organizations learn? The organizational learning literature suggests distinct cultural and structural routes to learning. However, such categorizations oversimplify. Leaders seeking to foster learning should recognize that most relevant organizational variables combine structural and cultural aspects, which are mutually dependent on one another. The strongest influences are the existence of work groups that are purpose driven and incorporate the views of all members, including dissenting views. Such learning forums can be fostered through formal requirements, but they need appropriate cultural characteristics to succeed. Mission orientation, decision authority, information systems, and resource adequacy are also positively related to improved organizational learning.

Suggested Citation

Moynihan, Donald P. and Landuyt, Noel, How Do Public Organizations Learn? Bridging Cultural and Structural Perspectives (January 1, 2009). Public Administration Review • November | December 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3492431

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