Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Encyclopedia of Social Work. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 29 November 2020

Organizational Learninglocked

  • Yekutiel SabahYekutiel SabahIsraeli Ministry of Social Affairs and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  •  and Patricia Cook-CraigPatricia Cook-CraigAssociate Professor, College of Social Work, University of Kentucky


The professional commitment of practitioners in a changing society requires them to continuously acquire new professional knowledge. Since robust and relevant knowledge is often in short supply, practitioners must learn to acquire the knowledge they need. Similarly, social agencies must become institutions that support the development of practice innovations by engaging in organizational learning. This implies that they both adopt an organizational culture and create structural arrangements conducive to learning. Given this imperative, the following entry reviews the philosophical, conceptual, and methodological underpinnings of organizational learning as a strategy for guiding practitioners and organizations in a systematic endeavor to invent and manage knowledge. A methodology for the application of organizational learning in social services is presented.

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription