Learning organization as a framework for networks' learning and collaboration Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose The purpose of this study was to use Watkins and Marsick model of a learning organization (1993, 1996), the dimensions of the learning organization questionnaire as a framework for interdisciplinary network collaboration and knowledge sharing. Design/methodology/approach The research team used a mixed-methods approach for data collection. Survey data was collected from 181 networks. In addition, data was collected from two focus groups with six participants each. Findings Results, in general, showed that the learning organization culture could be used as a framework for interdisciplinary network collaboration. In particular, results showed that shared vision, imbedded systems and knowledge sharing were key driving forces required for successful collaboration. Research limitations/implications Theoretical and practical implications were discussed, and conditions for learning organization culture for networks were established. Originality/value People in a network era need more than training; they need ongoing, interdisciplinary, collaborative support to solve complex problems. Organizations can only work effectively if barriers to organizational learning were removed. This originality of this paper lies in applying learning organization framework at the network level.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Dirani, K., Baldauf, J., Medina-Cetina, Z., Wowk, K., Herzka, S., Bello Bolio, R., Gutierrez Martinez, V., & Munoz Ubando, L. A.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Dirani, Khalil||Baldauf, Jack||Medina-Cetina, Zenon||Wowk, Katya||Herzka, Sharon||Bello Bolio, Ricardo||Gutierrez Martinez, Victor||Munoz Ubando, Luis Alberto

publication date

  • October 2021