ERIC Number: EJ860497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Are Learning Organizations Pragmatic?
Cavaleri, Steven A.
Learning Organization, v15 n6 p474-485 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the future prospects of the popular concept known as the learning organization; to trace the influence of philosophical pragmatism on the learning organization and to consider its potential impact on the future; and to emphasize how pragmatic theories have shaped the development of Deming's total quality management approach and Toyota's lean manufacturing system. Design/methodology/approach: The concepts presented are mainly built on a historical analysis of various theories of philosophical pragmatism and organizational management. These theories are contrasted with state-of-the-art practices used in business. Findings: Many organizational learning theories are rooted in philosophical pragmatism, yet these models often only borrow small pieces from a larger, more systemic framework. It is argued here that this truncated use of such principles causes unintended consequences and general ineffectiveness. Originality/value: The value is to see the evolution of theories of learning organizations in terms of many of the unstated assumptions that serve as a foundation.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Total Quality Management, Organizational Development, Pragmatics, Evaluation, Models, Evolution, Knowledge Management
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