My Theory of Organizational Learning LO30799

From: Mark W. McElroy (
Date: 11/23/03

Replying to LO30797 --

Dear Rick:

Kudos to you for your courage in trying to articulate your theory of
OL. As you know, I think we need more of that in order to understand
how, and if, what passes for practice in the field of OL is
sufficiently grounded.

Here's my first question in response to what you wrote: In what sense
is your theory a theory of "organizational" learning as opposed to one
of "individual" learning? Much of what you wrote seems to me to be
cast in terms of the individual. Thus, it's not clear to me how it
all plays out at the level of collectives, except for the part in
which groups or communities form.

In other words, how do we get from individual learning to
organizational learning; from individual knowledge to shared



Mark W. McElroy
President, KMCI, Inc. []
CEO, Macroinnovation Associates, LLC []
(802) 436-2250

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>Theory Underlying Organizational Learning
>by: Richard Karash

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