A process-philosophical understanding of organizational learning as 'wayfinding': process, practices and sensitivity to environmental affordances

Chia, R. (2017) A process-philosophical understanding of organizational learning as 'wayfinding': process, practices and sensitivity to environmental affordances. Learning Organization, 24(2), pp. 107-118. (doi:10.1108/TLO-11-2016-0083)

Chia, R. (2017) A process-philosophical understanding of organizational learning as 'wayfinding': process, practices and sensitivity to environmental affordances. Learning Organization, 24(2), pp. 107-118. (doi:10.1108/TLO-11-2016-0083)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to articulate a practice-based, non-cognitivist approach to organizational learning. Design/methodology/approach – This paper explores the potential contribution of a process-based “practice turn” in social theory for understanding organizational learning. Findings – In complex, turbulent environments, robust organizations recur more to cultivated sensitivities and predispositions rather than rely on elaborate plans and strategies to guide their action; they “Wayfind” their way to sustainable success. Originality/value – This study develops the understanding of organizational learning as a process of everyday practical coping guided by internalized sensitivities and predispositions. Keywords Wayfinding, Habitus, Social practices, Becoming, Empirical sensitivity, Environmental affordances

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chia, Professor Robert
Authors: Chia, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Learning Organization
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN:0969-6474
ISSN (Online):1758-7905
Published Online:14 March 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
First Published:First published in Learning Organization 24(2):107-118
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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