Demystifying Organizational Learning

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This book presents a solid, research-based conceptual framework that demystifies organizational learning and bridges the gap between theory and practice. Using an integrative approach, authors Raanan Lipshitz, Victor Friedman and Micha Popper provide practitioners and researchers with tools for understanding organizational learning under real-world conditions.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Demystifying Organizational Learning
3
Part II The MultiFacet Model
23
Chapter 2 Organizational Learning Mechanisms
25
The Key to Productive Learning
45
Chapter 4 The Psychological Basis of Productive Learning
67
Chapter 5 The Context of Organizational Learning
85
Chapter 6 Organizational Learning and Managerial Channels of Influence
97
Chapter 7 The Dissemination of Knowledge
109
Chapter 9 Is Training Organizational Learning?
149
Why Do Some AfterAction Reviews Work and Others Dont?
165
The Case of HewlettPackard
181
The Case of Chaparral Steel
203
Chapter 13 Putting the MultiFacet Model Into Practice
221
Chapter 14 Before We Go
245
References
251
Index
267

Part III Applying the Model
131
Postflight Reviews in the Israeli Air Force
133
About the Authors
281
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Raanan Lipshitz is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa. He is Senior Editor, Organization Studies (SAGE). Professor Lipshitz specializes in organizational psychology, organizational learning, and decision making. He has written numerous articles for publications such as Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Training & Development Journal, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Organization Studies, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal of Management Learning, The Learning Organization, and Behaviorial and Brain Sciences. He is co-editor of Brehmer, B., Lipshitz, R., & Montgomery, H. (Eds.), (forthcoming) How Do Professionals Make Decisions? Mahaw, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Victor Friedman is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment to the Behavioral Sciences and the Sociology and Anthropology departments at the Emek Yezreel (Jezreel Valley) College, Israel. His work focuses on an "action science" approach to integrating research with practice in areas characterized by uncertainty, uniqueness, and conflict. He has worked with educational, social service, government, and business organizations and has published papers dealing with organizational learning, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, and social inclusion. Professor Friedman is a founder and the director of the Action Research Center, an initiative to develop a more responsive mutual relationship between academia and the local community. Dr. Friedman received his Ed.D. from Harvard University in Counseling, Consulting, and Community Psychology, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Brandeis University. He is a senior associate of the Action Evaluation Research Institute and has participated in the "Project for Productive Reflection and Learning at Work", sponsored by the Swedish National Institute for Working Life, and the international "Kolleg" in Organizational Learning, sponsored by the Daimler-Benz Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar-faculty at the Organizational Learning Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Berlin Social Science Institute (WZB), the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), and the Theseus Institute in France.

Micha Popper is Associate Professor and the head of the Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa , Israel, is the former commanding officer of the School for Leadership Development of the Israel Defense Forces .He is the founder and director of the Center for Outstanding Leadership in Zikhron Yaakov Israel ; A scholar of the US Army Research Institute( ARI ) and has been a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada His research and consulting concern organizational learning and the dynamics of leader- followers relationship and developmental aspects of leaders . He has a Phd from Tel –Aviv University (Organizational Behavior), MA from Tel-Aviv University and BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem . Author and co-author of five books on leadership and numerous articles in journals including The leadership Quarterly , Political Psychology , Academy of Management Journal , Military Psychology , Management Learning and Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

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