Learning by Experience in the Project-Bases Organization

33 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2006

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John Rodney Turner

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Anne Keegan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Organization and Personnel Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); University of Amsterdam

Lynn Crawford

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Date Written: 19 2000, 12

Abstract

This paper describes how project-based organizations use structured experience to aid the learning and development of individuals, and how they capture their experience of projects to feed that back into the improved management of future projects and the experiential learning of individuals. We show that successful project-based organizations ensure their project managers obtain a broad range practical experiences following a spiral staircase career. This takes them through lead design and project team leadership and management roles. These organizations also capture project experience through post completion reviews, and codify them in company procedures which are used as part of the development of new project managers and other professionals.

Keywords: tacit knowledge, explicit knowledge, experiential learning, benchmarking, project management support networks

JEL Classification: M, M10, L2

Suggested Citation

Turner, John Rodney and Keegan, Anne and Crawford, Lynn, Learning by Experience in the Project-Bases Organization (19 2000, 12). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2000-58-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370860

John Rodney Turner (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Anne Keegan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Organization and Personnel Management ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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University of Amsterdam ( email )

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Lynn Crawford

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building ( email )

Australia

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