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ERIC Number: EJ860475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
Assessing Change: Can Organizational Learning "Work" for Schools?
Austin, Manila S.; Harkins, Debra A.
Learning Organization, v15 n2 p105-125 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to measure the effectiveness and practical utility of an organizational learning intervention for an organization that was not progressive, was not specifically chartered as a learning organization, and was situated in an urban, culturally diverse, and under-privileged community. Design/methodology/approach: In this empirical case study, employees were surveyed pre- and post-intervention on measures of organizational learning, school climate and morale. Archival data on turnover rates were also collected for the years bracketing the intervention (2003-2005). Findings: Analyses show the center reduced turnover and improved in organizational learning, morale, and to a lesser degree, organizational climate. Analyses demonstrate relationships between change in organizational climate dimensions (e.g. supportive leadership, appraisal and recognition, goal congruence) and change toward organizational learning. Originality/value: This research suggests that organizational learning--and the post-bureaucratic practices that characterize it--can be useful even in the most challenging of settings. Unlike previous research, this study specifically addresses organizational learning's utility for under-privileged populations; it also examines how the more traditional measure of organizational climate is related to post-industrial notions of learning and business performance. It should be of value to academics and practitioners wishing to apply organizational learning to less-advantaged and change-averse organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A