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November 04, 2013

I before E and learn after me.

My blog today stems from reading about the learning organisation. A background view of how learning can occur was explored in class through Dixon's Organizational Learning Cycle, (generate, integrate, interpret, act) but an interesting theory I have read up about consists of Crossan, Lane and White's Four I's. This theory states that learning occurs through four processes; intuitition (i.e. experience relevant to the individual), interpretation (using language to interpret things), integrating (sharing this individuall interpreted knowledge) and institutionalising this knowledge (making it into processes in an organisation).


I thought this was an interesting way of exploring how knowledge can be developed firstly on an individual basis, then at a departmental level and ultimately, at an organisational basis (leading potentially to a learning organisation). It is obviously individuals working on a shop floor who derrive knowledge from doing and observing processes, then this is interpreted before being shared and integrated amongst other employees. If the new processes are continually shared across departments and workers, the knowledge may become institutionalised through processes and routines within the organisation.


Therefore, I feel the four I's are an interesting theory illustrating how knowledge can be shared within or across an organisation, and ultimately how an organisation can attempt to develop into a learning organisation.


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