Adaptation and Context
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 15: Public sector organizations as learning organizations: insights from the education system in Pakistan
The interest in studying organization in relation to knowledge and learning has not diminished as was predicted by Vince et al. in 2002 (the current Handbook provides a strong testimony to the sustained interest). The field is still growing and seeks ‘a more nuanced picture of the learning organization than previous literature has suggested’ (Örtenblad 2011, p. 1). To gain such an insight and understanding, it becomes pertinent that the learning organization idea is understood in a variety of different organizational settings and cultural contexts, using a variety of lenses, perspectives, approaches and research methodologies. Hence, the focus and emphasis of the current Handbook on paying attention to and acknowledging the study of the learning organization idea in relation to different contexts is commendable. The current discourse on the learning organization evidently indicates an emphasis towards studying public sector organizations, with the rationale that there is ‘relatively little research done on organizational learning in the public sector’ (Moynihan & Landuyt 2009, p. 1097) and that many studies in past have mostly examined the learning organization from the standpoint of private organizations or enterprises, paying very little attention to the dynamics of the learning organization in public sector organizations (Maden 2011).
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