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ERIC Number: EJ1129882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
The Journey of Organizational Unlearning: A Conversation with William H. Starbuck
Nguyen, Nhien
Learning Organization, v24 n1 p58-66 2017
Purpose: This paper aims to provide an overview of the concept "organizational unlearning" and its development since it was first introduced to the management literature and presents a useful perspective that can help to advance the conceptual development of this topic. Design/methodology/approach: Through a conversation with celebrated scholar William H. Starbuck, this paper discusses several topics that are still up for debate in the organizational unlearning literature and argues for a number of viewpoints relevant to the application of this concept. Findings: Unlearning is an important requirement for organizational learning and adaptation. Change cannot occur in organizations until old knowledge and practices are replaced by new ideas and methods. Researchers and managers should pay attention to the distinction between individual behavior and organizational behavior regarding unlearning. Originality/value: The discussion of the contested topics of unlearning and their implications for organizational learning and adaptation will be of value to academic researchers as well as managers working in a context of environment change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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