The rise of knowledge management and the decline of organisational learning

Research Briefing

Keywords: learning, learning and development, organisational learning, knowledge management, learning capability, absorptive capacity

Learning is a primary organisational function. It is the process which underpins change, innovation and reorganisation. Organisations that can learn rapidly, master new environments, acquire new knowledge, methods and technology and transform their systems, structures, processes, procedures and products or services tend to become sector leaders. At the heart of these processes of change lie two primary concepts:

  1. Organisational learning
  2. Knowledge management

The study at hand is a systematic review comparing and contrasting the organisational learning and knowledge management research literature to discern any patterns. This briefing will be of particular interest to anyone engaged in organisational learning, learning and development and organisational development.

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