An Exploratory Study on the Relationship between Learning Networks and Organizational Identity


Organizational learning leads to distinctiveness of organizations, and distinctiveness is one of the criteria by which organizational members categorize groups. Organizational learning is the mechanism by which organizational identity becomes salient. Although research has made great efforts on organizational identity, few focus on between-level dynamics. This study adopts a network perspective of organizational learning, which considers learning in the context of collective action managing to connect individual perspective with organizational level of learning. Both learning networks and organizational identity highlight social context as the basis to achieve organizational goals and performance. But the recursive process of the organizational self-definition may be related to the learning process of an organization's remaining adaptive and flexible for survival. This paper purposes a network perspective to explore the relationship between learning network and organizational identity. This study develops a framework of propositions regarding learning networks and their relationships with organizational identity-discriminated as institutionalized attributes and adaptive attributes. This study contributes to enriching the theory development of learning networks and extending the scope of learning in organizational identity.

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Chao-Hua Li, TransWorld University, Taiwan
Kun-Shan Su, Chu Shang Show Chwan Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Taiwan
Szu-Ju Lin, TransWorld University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Organizational learning and change

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