Konventionelles und unkonventionelles Organisationslernen: Literaturreport und Ergänzungsvorschlag

Wiesenthal, Helmut
April 1995
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;apr1995, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p137
Academic Journal
With the revival of action theory in analyses of modern „organizational society" the capability of collective actors for self-governance and learning is gaining increased attention. This paper, primarily a review of the literature, provides an overview of current research on organizational learning and some insight into additional phenomena of collective learning beyond the realm of organizational sociology. The paper begins by looking at the distinctions introduced by ,Argyris' and ,Schön' (1978) between the following three conventional" modes of learning: simple (single-loop), complex (double-loop) and reflexive (deutero-) learning. While these modes of organizational learning suffer from an inclination to path dependence, there are also more „unconventional" modes of learning that appear appropriate for thoroughgoing changes in cognitive frames and strategies. However, unconventional learning, appearing in several forms of intrusion (i.e. invasion, dissidence, and intersection), presupposes a lack of control over the boundary between organization and environment. Examples are given showing that this often tends to be the case in „postmodern" settings. The paper closes with a sketch of such typical results of organizational learning as increased experience, personnel turnover, a change in the cognitive frame, and multiple identity.


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