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Determining critical points in organizational learning modes
Author(s): Marvine P. Hamner
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Paper Abstract

It has been postulated that organizations can be categorized into one of three perspectives that represent the mind-set of managers within organizations with respect to their organization and organizational learning. These are the normative, the developmental and the capability perspectives. Each of these reflects variations among organizational features such as the source of organizational learning, the timeframe for organizational learning and the relationship between organizational learning and organizational culture. However, much like the dynamics experienced by teams, i.e. various stages such as forming, norming, storming and performing, organizations can move through various learning stages, i.e. the three 'perspectives,' often stopping and restarting at different points in their cycles. This means that the three perspectives can be simply viewed as different modes of organizational learning. All organizations operate within one of the three perspectives all the time. And, the perspective through which the organization is best viewed at any point in time changes over time. Because organizations are complex, adaptive systems these modes can be mathematically represented using the output from a neural network model of complex, adaptive systems. This paper briefly describes the organizational science, the neural network model, and the mathematics required to determine critical points in these modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4716, Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science VI, (15 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474942
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Marvine P. Hamner, George Washington Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4716:
Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science VI
Alex F. Sisti; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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