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Description - Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge by Meinolf Dierkes

In an era of far-reaching changes, issues of Organizational Learning are high on the agenda of social scientists, managers and consultants worldwide as they seek to adapt to new environments. The Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge provides a comprehensive overview of how the concept of Organizational Learning emerged, how it has been used and debated, and where it may be going. It summarizes the state of the art and provides a full account of the diverse approaches, themes, issues, and debates of the field. The handbook unites a distinguished team of international authors, who examine both the central themes and emerging issues. The coverage extends beyond the American tradition to include the experiences of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The book opens with chapters drawing insights from various social science approaches. The following Sections examine fundamental issues concerning the external triggers, factors and conditions, agents, and processes of Organizational Learning. Subsequent chapters review the subject within a global context, looking in particular at inter-organizational collaboration. The next sections examine the development of learning practices and provides case studies to illustrate Organizational Learning and knowledge creation. The book concludes with an analysis of the state of the art and an agenda for the future. This handbook will be an invaluable reference tool for scholars and students in the social sciences, as well as for professionals involved in organizational development, learning, and change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198295839
ISBN-10: 0198295839
Format: Hardback
(257mm x 177mm x 55mm)
Pages: 1006
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Meinolf Dierkes

Meinolf Dierkes is Director of the Organization and Technology Research Unit at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung (WZB). In addition, he is Professor of the Sociology of Science and Technology at the Technische Universitat, Berlin Visiting Professor at the Haas School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley and Specially Invited Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Ariane Berthoin Antal is Program Leader in Organizational Learning at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung (WZB). Previously she served as the Founding Director of the Ashridge International Institute for Organizational Change in France. She remains an associate of Ashridge and is a visiting lecturer at the Leipzig Graduate School of Business, as well as at the Technical University of Berlin. John Child is Chair of Commerce at the University of Birmingham. During his career in both industry and academia, Professor Child has taught in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, and China. He was appointed Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Aston University in 1973, and, in 1986 became Dean of the newly-founded Aston Business School. In 1989, he was appointed Dean and Director of the China-European Community Management Centre in Beijing, with which he had been connected since 1985. In 1991, he took up the position of Diageo Professor of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is author or co-author of 16 books including Strategies of Cooperation (OUP, 1998) and The Management of International Acquisitions (OUP, forthcoming). Ikujiro Nonaka is Professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, and Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Knowledge Science at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). He is a senior editor of Organization Science, an international journal of the Institute of Management Science. From 1991 to 1995, he was a research group director of the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP). Nonaka is the Xerox Distinguished Professor of Knowledge at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. His books include The Knowledge-Creating Company (OUP, 1995), which was awarded Best Book of the Year in Business and Management by the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, and more recently Enabling Knowledge Creation (OUP, 2000).

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