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Strategy and the learning organization: a maturity model for the formation of strategy


Kenny, JDJ, Strategy and the learning organization: a maturity model for the formation of strategy, The Learning Organization, 13, (4) pp. 353-368. ISSN 0969-6474 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09696470610667733


Purpose - To develop a theoretical model for strategic change that links learning in an organization to the strategic process. Design/methodolog y/approach - The model was developed from a review of literature covering a range of areas including: management, strategic planning, psychology of learning and organizational learning. The process of forming and implementing strategy in an organization was looked at critically and then the links between learning and strategy were explored, particularly in relation to innovation and radical strategic change. Findings - The degree of correspondence found across various strands of the literature implies a general principle: that the development of strategy is closely linked with learning. The paper proposes that, if appropriately designed, purposeful strategic activity will help to develop an organizational learning culture. As the strategic planning process is widely accepted across all sectors of the economy, it has the potential; to provide an effective means of directing resources in order to achieve desirable learning within an organization towards its long-term viability. Originality/value - The paper develops a theoretical model of strategy formation, called "The maturity model for strategy formation", which describes a developmental continuum for strategy based on the application of appropriate strategic approaches which are linked to suitable learning approaches and a consideration of the roles of management and staff in the change process. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational planning and management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Kenny, JDJ (Associate Professor John Kenny)
ID Code:41103
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-02-14

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