Handbook of Research on the Learning Organization
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Handbook of Research on the Learning Organization

Adaptation and Context

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.
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Chapter 6: National culture and the learning organization: an integrative framework

Pavel Bogolyubov and Mark Easterby-Smith


The purpose of this chapter is to bring together the concept of national culture and the idea of the learning organization, thus creating a hypothetical framework predicting potential influences of cultural factors on various aspects/types of a learning organization. We shall approach it by providing a brief overview of one of the most prominent theories concerning national cultures in an organizational context, Hofstede’s Dimensions, identifying the aspects most relevant to the learning organization, bringing them together into an integrative framework highlighting areas of potential influence and hypothesizing about the particular ways this interaction could manifest itself. The subject areas of organizational learning, learning organization and knowledge management, plus related topics located at the intersection of the management agenda and the areas linked to information, knowledge, learning and organizational capabilities, are now reaching a respectable age of over 20 years.

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