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From learning organisation to knowledge entrepreneur

Rowley, Jennifer (2000) From learning organisation to knowledge entrepreneur. Journal of Knowledge Management, 4 (1). pp. 7-15. ISSN 1758-7484

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Establishes the clear link between learning and knowledge, and proposes a simple model, which makes this relationship explicit. A range of definitions of the learning organisation are drawn from the literature. Much of this literature makes little reference to that which is being learned although those authors who have introduced the concepts of the learning laboratory, the knowledge creating organisation and the knowing organisation acknowledge the significance of knowledge in organisational development and learning. Other perspectives on the organisational processes associated with knowledge come from the recent literature on knowledge management. It is argued that indiscriminate knowledge creation will not lead to organisational learning, and that knowledge is not something that can be viewed as a neutral tool in the learning process. A number of characteristics of knowledge need to be recognised, and accommodated in learning processes and knowledge management. Finally, the concept of a knowledge entrepreneur is proposed.

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