Executive learning: a typology

Millett, Bruce and Mattsson, Jan and Johnston, Robert (2005) Executive learning: a typology. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 9 (4). pp. 615-631.

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The Enron and Worldcom cases have demonstrated the crucial importance of ethical and effective executive governance. Reviewing the literature on organisational learning and drawing on the model proposed by Lenz (1994) we develop a model of executive learning comprising four distinct types of executive learning: assumption learning, adaptive learning, developmental learning and maintenance learning. These four types were construed based on the idea that executives may find themselves in four separate contexts, namely, in existing or in new relationships/competencies. Each one of these four contexts, we claim, can initiate a different type of learning. This is evidenced by verbatim data from key informants in five case studies of internationalisation of service firms in Sweden, Norway, Australia and the United Kingdom. Finally, we suggest some
implications of the proposed model of executive learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © B Millett & J Mattsson. USQ publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 07:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: executive learning; organisational learning; assumption learning; adaptive learning; developmental learning; maintenance learning
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150301 Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220102 Business Ethics
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/231

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