Title: Leadership requirements in learning organisations and methods to impact

Authors: Stefan Gueldenberg, Heinz Konrath

Addresses: Department of Strategic Management, Management Control and Consulting, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration Nordbergstr. 15, A-1090 Vienna, Austria. ' Avaya Austria GmbH, Vienna Twin Tower, Wienerbergstr. 11/12, A-1100 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: Leadership always had a major impact on the economic success of a corporation. In particular, leaders play a key role in facilitating and fostering the process of innovation and organisational learning. This article examines how leadership influences organisational learning. Based on a conceptual framework and an empirical study, ten propositions will be developed about specific elements that support organisational learning. The study covers opinions from 125 leaders in various companies, industries and geographic regions, with a strong focus on large enterprises of the high-tech industry. Feedback shows that leadership in learning organisations goes far beyond traditional leadership: individual leadership, organisational leadership and incentives are the key dimensions.

Keywords: organisational learning; individual leadership; organisational leadership; incentives; knowledge management; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2004.005994

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2004 Vol.1 No.4, pp.441 - 459

Published online: 17 Jan 2005 *

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