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date: 28 June 2022

Organizational Learninglocked

Organizational Learninglocked

  • Yekutiel SabahYekutiel SabahUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  •  and Patricia Cook-CraigPatricia Cook-CraigUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas

Summary

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 use of available knowledge and the development of practice innovations. Organizational learning is a means of engaging in this process. This implies that social agencies both adopt an organizational culture and create structural arrangements conducive to learning. In order to successfully create such a culture and structure, it is first important to understand 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. In addition a methodology for the application of organizational learning in social services is essential to practical application. The use of organizational learning methods to drive innovation and knowledge management has been applied in a varied spectrum of social work practice areas and social welfare agencies.

Subjects

  • Administration and Management
  • Macro Practice

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