Organizational Learning II: Theory, Method, and Practice, Volume 2

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Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1996 - Business & Economics - 305 pages
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Organizational Learning II: Theory, Method, and Practice expands and updates the ideas and concepts of the authors' ground-breaking first book. Offering fresh innovations, strategies, and concise explanations of long-held theories, this book includes new alternatives for practitioners and researchers. Argyris and Schon address the four principle questions which cut across the two branches of the field of organizational learning. Why is an organization a learning venue? Are real-world organizations capable of learning? What kinds of learning are desirable? How can organizations develop their capability for desirable kinds of learning? With new examples and the most up-to-date information on the technical aspects of organization and management theory, Argyris and Schon demonstrate how the research and practice of organizational learning can be incorporated in today's business environment.

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Contents

Il1ming the ResearcherPractitioner Relationship On Its Head
30
What Facilitates or Inhibits Productive
52
Defensive Reasoning and the Theoretical Framework that
73
Primary and Secondary Inhibitory Loops
85
Part IH InquiryEnhancing Intervention and Its Theoretical
109
Prologue Intervention Toward OH Learning Systems lll
117
A Comprehensive Model H Intervention
150
Strengths and Weaknesses of Consultation and Research
177
Making Sense of Limited Learning
200
Making Prescriptions Actionable by
251
Afterword
281
References
289
Name Index
296
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About the author (1996)

Cary Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Manchester School of Management (UMIST) where he is also Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Chris Argyris is James B Conant Professor of Educational and Organizational Behaviour at the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University.

Schon is Ford Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer in the department of urban studies and planning at MIT.

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