Organizational unlearning

Eric W.K. Tsang, Shaker A. Zahra

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Abstract

Organizational unlearning is widely considered an important condition for successful adaptation to environmental changes, promoting organizational learning and enhancing a firm's performance. Yet, organizational unlearning has received scant attention in the literature, making theory building difficult. This article defines and clarifies the meaning of organizational unlearning, distinguishes it from organizational learning, articulates its dimensions and discusses ways organizations can unlearn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1435-1462
Number of pages28
JournalHuman Relations
Volume61
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Organizational change
  • Organizational learning
  • Organizational memory
  • Organizational routines
  • Organizational unlearning

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