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Debunking the “lean and mean” myth and celebrating the rise of learning organizations

Debunking the “lean and mean” myth and celebrating the rise of learning organizations This study hypothesizes that while downsizing has been a reasonable strategic move for some firms, it is by no means a corporate panacea. The study further suggests that adding‐value to organizations by increasing the knowledge of employees at all levels, including the top level, is a strategic necessity. The hypotheses are supported by data assembled by the authors sourced from: the 10‐k SEC’s filings; data generated by The United States Department of Labor; data available through other sources; and by a critical analysis of the Employee Knowledge literature. Several authors have noted the strategic importance of sharing information with employees, making available universal learning opportunities for the workforce, and providing a corporate culture that ensures continuous knowledge enhancement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Learning Organization Emerald Publishing

Debunking the “lean and mean” myth and celebrating the rise of learning organizations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0969-6474
DOI
10.1108/09696470010316251
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Abstract

This study hypothesizes that while downsizing has been a reasonable strategic move for some firms, it is by no means a corporate panacea. The study further suggests that adding‐value to organizations by increasing the knowledge of employees at all levels, including the top level, is a strategic necessity. The hypotheses are supported by data assembled by the authors sourced from: the 10‐k SEC’s filings; data generated by The United States Department of Labor; data available through other sources; and by a critical analysis of the Employee Knowledge literature. Several authors have noted the strategic importance of sharing information with employees, making available universal learning opportunities for the workforce, and providing a corporate culture that ensures continuous knowledge enhancement.

Journal

The Learning OrganizationEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 2000

Keywords: Learning; Knowledge management; Downsizing; Strategy

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