Knowledge networks and other practices for action learning success

[German title: Wissensnetzwerke und andere Methoden für den Erfolg von Action Learning]

Title: Knowledge management in the business driven action learning process 
Author(s): Nicolas Rolland 
Journal: Journal of Management Development 
ISSN: 0262-1711 
Year: Volume: 25 Issue: 9 Page: 896 – 907 
DOI: 10.1108/02621710610692061 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – Understanding what is the role of knowledge management in the action learning process and especially which practices of KM fits with the different phases of the action learning process.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper is qualitative: 22 firms were observed and three different types of data were collected.
Findings – It stresses that KM and especially knowledge networks are crucial for an action learning process. Also, it demonstrates that different knowledge management practices have different roles regarding to the phase of the process they are involved. This paper explains the need to understand the organizational context to ensure performing learning. Research limitation/implications – The main limit is the use of only qualitative research method on 22 multinationals. No questionnaires and the implication for SMEs is limited.
Practical implications – Academics will be interested in knowledge transformations through this process and consultants will discover what relevant knowledge management strategies in each phase of the process.
Originality/value – The topics of action learning and knowledge management are crucial for today’s companies but have never been studied in the same research. 

Keywords: Action learning, Chief executives, Knowledge management, Learning 

Article Type: Research paper 

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