Adaptation and Context
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 4: Contextualizing the learning organization: approaches to research design
As in Chapter 3, this chapter is based on a review of literature that, more or less explicitly, has taken up the relevance of the learning organization idea to organizations in various certain contexts. The focus of this chapter is on how previous works have approached and studied the relevance of the learning organization idea in particular contexts or to organizations that are within these contexts. Research methodology is not only about paradigms and the collection and analysis of ‘data’. The research design is also important. Research design involves the kind of question that is being asked; what is compared to what in order to reach an answer to the question; and definitions of theoretical concepts used.
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