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ERIC Number: EJ958557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
Universities: Can They Be Considered as Learning Organizations?: A Preliminary Micro-Level Perspective
Bak, Ozlem
Learning Organization, v19 n2 p163-172 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore a department in a UK higher education (HE) institute based on Senge's five characteristics of learning organizations. Design/methodology/approach: In this study, a case study method was utilized. The case study entailed two lines of enquiry: a questionnaire, which was distributed to a UK HE-institution department followed by semi-structured interviews. Findings: The findings show that learning-organization characteristics were present to a limited extent. Within the department, the results showed a variation in the impact level of the five characteristics between administrative and academic groups, as well as between the new and old members of staff. Originality/value: Recently, the learning-organization concept has been of interest to companies operating in both the private and public sectors; however, its implementation in a higher education setting remained limited to holistic studies assessing higher education institutes in general, rather than in studies analyzing its impact at the micro-level. Hence, this research agenda contributes at two levels of enquiry: the departmental level of learning-organization adaptation, and the level of the individuals' experiences in the workplace.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom