E42: Carnegie-Mellon Series (No. 5) - Organizational Learning (Part 1)


Please join us for the fifth episode in our Carnegie-Mellon School series as the podcasters discuss Barbara Levitt and James G. March’s brilliant literature survey “Organizational Learning,” published in the Annual Review of Sociology in 1988. This work was a literature review across various streams in organizational learning up through the 1980s. Topics include learning from experience, organizational memory, ecologies of learning, and organizational intelligence. Of particular interest is how organizational learning was defined as not an outcome but a process of translating the cumulative experiences of individuals and codifying them as routines within the organization. But an important question remains three decades later – do organizations really learn? The podcasters wrestle with this question and many others in their review of this work.

Also see: Episode 4 on Organizational Routines, Episode 19 on Organizational Learning, Episode 29 on Business School Design, Episode 39 on Organizational Choice, and our Series Introduction.