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International Journal of Learning and Change
International Journal of Learning and Change


Special Issue on: "Learning, Learning Organisations and the Global Enterprise"

Guest Editor: Professor S. Manikutty, Indian Institute of Management, India

Learning, both at individual and collective levels in an organisation - so-called organisational learning - has become a subject of intense research. A variety of fields such as individual psychology, organisation behaviour, strategy and international management have addressed themselves to the issue of how people learn, how this learning is dependent on the culture they are embedded in, how learning at an individual level is translated into learning at an organisational level. The issue also examines whether there are intrinsic patterns among individuals and organisations engaged in learning at different times and different circumstances. These issues are important to managers of both single country and multinational enterprises.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore the effectiveness of individual learning, examine the cultural assumptions behind learning theories, provide empirical evidence from different cultures, establish linkages between individual and organisational learning, identify the role of organisational management to facilitate and enhance the effectiveness of learning, and implications for multinational enterprises. The issue welcomes both conceptual and empirical papers addressing to the above issues, and other issues that may have a bearing on the central issues.

Subject Coverage
We are interested in papers covering learning in the following areas, with a special emphasis on how learning is related to enhancement of organisational capabilities and change. Some areas of focus include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Review of learning theories
  • How does individual learning translate into organisational learning?
  • Cultural assumptions of learning theories
  • How can organisations facilitate individual learning to facilitate more focused organisational learning?
  • Empirical studies on linkages of learning to cultures
  • Evidence and implications of differences on organisational learning in managing MNCs
  • Underlying assumptions of learning theories on individual and collective psychology
  • Effect of a multi cultural context on organisational learning
  • What do we know about organisational learning?
  • Practical use of understanding of cultural dependence of learning theories
  • Is there such a thing as organisational learning?
  • New approaches to research design or qualitative analysis

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper due: 30 April 2008

Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2008

Final version of paper due: 30 September 2008