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Chan, P, Cooper, R, Carmichael, S, Tzortzopoulos, P, McDermott, P and Khalfan, M M A (2004) Does organisational learning create a learning organisation? Conceptual challenges from a project perspective. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 20th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2004, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 759–66.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: conceptual review; learning organisation; organisational learning; project-based
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 9 4
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-0759-0766_Chan_et_al.pdf
The concepts of organisational learning and learning organisation have gained momentum in construction management research. It is widely acknowledged that organisational learning holds the key for companies to survive and prosper and much research have centred upon the study of organisational learning as a process, as well as companies as learning organisations. However, management researchers have recently begun to recognise the incoherence of the concepts presented in the literature and identified a lack of a solid theoretical and, more importantly, empirical foundation. To further exacerbate the challenge of embracing organisational learning in construction, the industry is largely project based. This therefore poses the added difficulty for organisational learning to occur. This paper aims to review the concept of organisational learning, in the view of seeking clarifications, with an ultimate objective of exploring the challenges of creating a learning organisation from a project perspective.