Adaptation and Context
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 6: National culture and the learning organization: an integrative framework
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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