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ERIC Number: EJ821477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
Action Learning: Towards a Framework in Inter-Organisational Settings
Coughlan, Paul; Coghlan, David
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v1 n1 p43-61 Apr 2004
While much of the literature on action learning focuses on managers developing their capacity to learn and transform their own organizations, this article explores how action learning has been used in inter-organisational settings. Two settings are presented: the first an EU-funded management development programme called the National Action Learning Programme (NALP) which ran in Ireland from 1998 to 2000 and the second an EU funded programme, called CO-IMPROVE which commenced in March 2001 and involves inter-organisational networks in three European countries. The essential structure of the NALP approach--the action learning approach and the inter-organisational learning network--has been adopted in CO-IMPROVE. The need here for a well-developed capacity to learn, not only at the levels of individuals or companies, but also at the inter-organisational (or extended manufacturing enterprise (EME)) level required the application of an action learning approach. The application of NALP in such a new and wider organisational setting has promised two potentially desirable outcomes: the rapid facilitation of the particular needs of the CO-IMPROVE research project and the further development of the approach itself. The article describes the two programmes and reflects on (a) the action learning processes in inter-organisational settings, and (b) the outcomes with respect to management and organisational learning that point to ways in which the exciting field of inter-organisational action learning may be developed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Ireland; Netherlands