Purpose – This is a case study paper. A major research goal of this study is to extend the existing theories of learning organization put forth in the 4I model by adding more complicated ideas to it. One minor goal of this research is to show that the first stage of organizational learning, “intuiting”, is the hardest to implement when starting a learning organization. Particular attention should be paid to this step, and with the addition of adult learning theory, the possibility of facing a negative situation should be reduced. A second less important goal is to explain how to assess organizational learning, and how the flow of single‐ and double‐loop learning takes place within a learning organization. Design/methodology/approach – This study adopted a combination of qualitative and quantitative survey methods to study the effectiveness of the new mode of transformational activity practiced in Firm A. Findings – Statistical evidence showed that the practice was successful. It solved the issue that expertise and top managers mostly protest against learning. Originality/value – This paper brings a new and more adaptive perspective for building a learning organization upon existing organizational learning theories. Through this case study, the integration and transformation from tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge, intuition to institution (the 4i model), and individual level to organizational level are illustrated. The practices of single‐loop and double‐loop learning are also well depicted by this study.
International Journal of Manpower – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 16, 2011
Keywords: Learning organizations; Adult learning theory; Single‐loop learning; Double‐loop learning; Tacit knowledge; Explicit knowledge; Workplace learning; Learning methods; Information transfer; Taiwan
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