Paper for the Organizational Learning and Knowledge (OLK 5) 5th International Conference in Lancaster, UK
In the paper it is shown that learning can be understood by way of two metaphors, acquisition and participation. In the acquisition metaphor, learning is understood as individual acquisition of knowledge whereas the participation metaphor understands learning as the social processes of participation. Inspired by American Pragmatism I propose a ‘third way', which encompasses both learning as acquisition and as participation by way of the concepts of inquiry and experience as well as an understanding of the relation between individuals and environment as that of a transaction, i.e. a continual and mutual constitution of both. Further, I suggest an understanding of organizational life and work as social worlds as a ‘third way' encompassing both a systemic and a collective understanding of organizations.
organisatorisk læring; amerikansk pragmatisme; organisational learning; American Pragmatism; social arenas/worlds; acquisition metaphor of learning; participation metaphor of learning
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The Organizational Learning and Knowledge (OLK 5) 5th International Conference in Lancaster, UK, 2003