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Handbook of Research on the Learning Organization

Handbook of Research on the Learning Organization

Adaptation and Context

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Edited by Anders Örtenblad

This timely Handbook establishes the ‘contextualization’ of the learning organization idea as a research field. In contrast to much of the previous literature, which has approached the learning organization as a panacea that every organization could and should adopt, this major new Handbook puts the learning organization into context. It examines the relevance of the learning organization idea to organizations in various specific contexts, employing examples from a wide variety of cultures including China and Islamic nations, and from industries as diverse as the police force, care services for the elderly and family firms.

Chapter 8: Learning organization practices in Mexico: an empirical study

David Joaquín Delgado-Hernández and Made Torokoff-Engelbrecht

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, organisation studies, innovation and technology, knowledge management


The global marketplaces have become very competitive in many sectors. In a number of countries (for example the United States, Germany and Australia), companies have realized that a key aspect to ensuring continuous growth is organizational learning, and several practices have emerged to help in this regard under the knowledge management (KM) umbrella. However, associated research in Mexico has received little attention by comparison. During the early 1990s, Canada, the United States (US) and Mexico started to prepare themselves for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was finally signed in 1994. The main thrust of the arrangement was to create a combined market with more than 400 million people, where technology, goods and services could be transferred from the northern countries to the one in the south and vice versa, by means of trade and foreign direct investment (Tadashi 2010).

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