Organizational Learning

How Companies and Institutions Manage and Apply Knowledge

Authors: Wellman, J.

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Organizations capture and deploy what they have learned in four ways: Culture, Old Pros, Archives, and Processes. This book describes the four approaches, their strength and shortcomings, and their interactions.

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JERRY WELLMAN is Vice President of a 2,000 person business unit within Honeywell International. He has 32 years experience as an engineer and a leader in Honeywell's aerospace businesses. He also holds a BSEE, an MBA, a MA in HOD, and a PhD in HOS.

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"Just as you thought you had read the last work on organizational learning, Jerry Wellman opens a new perspective focusing on the use of knowledge currently available from within our organizations. It is a lens whose obviousness has been ignored to date, but which now can become a set of inter-related practices that we will not be able to live without.

This book is a stunning mixture of case analyses, personal experience, insightful interpretations of professional practices and organizational literatures that provide insight into the four opportunities for learning from within: the use of organizational archives, the employment of its culture, the service of deliberate administrative processes, and the application of knowledge from the experiences of seasoned organizational members. These are discussed individually and as they interact around real issues. While solutions to ubiquitous dilemmas are discussed, one of the major gifts from this book are the substantial, grounded questions, both in number and significance, that Jerry Wellman raises which can open both new doors to organizational learning and important scholarship from those who want to shape studies from the real issues that organizations face. This is the best example of the potential of "practice to scholarship" that I have read.

With a foundation in rich experience and a wide awareness, Jerry Wellman writes in a way that both organizational leaders and scholars will find compatible with their ways of knowing. His interpretations of practices are as full and insightful as is his understanding of the issues around which these practices need to be arrayed. Over a decade ago Nonaka and Takeuchi wrote what was the first foundational text on organizational learning; Jerry Wellman's will be the second." - Robert Silverman, Professor, Fielding Graduate University and Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

"This book is an original and lucid contribution to a subject long held hostage to dense prose and denser ideas. The author is both a practitioner, with much relevant experience, and has a social science Ph.D. This combination gives the book its uniquely valuable tone and content.I would recommend this book to anyone wrestling with this thorny and elusive subject." - Laurence Prusak, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Knowledge Management (IKM)

"This is an atypical book on organizational learning. While many texts in this genre can be very heavy on theory, this text takes a more practical focus, while offering a concise and sound theoretical foundation necessary to get the message across." - Knowledge Management Tools


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Wellman, Jerry L.

  • How Organizations Remember What They Know

    Pages 27-50

    Wellman, Jerry L.

  • Culture—The Way It Is Around Here

    Pages 51-78

    Wellman, Jerry L.

  • Old Pros—I Remember When

    Pages 79-96

    Wellman, Jerry L.

  • Archives—It’s In Here Somewhere

    Pages 97-123

    Wellman, Jerry L.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organizational Learning
Book Subtitle
How Companies and Institutions Manage and Apply Knowledge
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62154-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230621541
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-30154-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 202
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