Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between organizational learning and organizational *change: Analyzing adult learning and organizational learning factors
by DellaNeve, James Rocco, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2007, 184; 3287749
Abstract (Summary)

One of the methods to achieve organization change and improvement has been organizational learning, and there has been much written about this subject. The benefits of organizational learning theory have not been sufficiently quantified in the extant literature. Therefore, the topic to which this study was directed is the relationship between organizational learning and organizational change.

There is much literature in support of the benefits of organizational learning. Senge (1990a), Argyris and Schön (1974), Marsick and Watkins (1999), Knowles et al. (1998) and many others have laid out theoretical frameworks in the literature. Authors such a Jashapara (2003), Cameron & Whetten (1983), B.T. Phillips (2003) and others have noted the lack of quantifiable data in the literature in support of this theory.

This study evaluated; (a) The relationship between organizational learning and organizational change success, (b) the relationship between organizational learning and adult learning, (c) the relationship between adult learning and organizational change success, and (d) the relationship between the combination of adult learning and organizational learning and organizational change success.

A quantitative study was carried out using a 66 question survey instrument. A nonrandom convenience sample of professionals from organizations measured respondents, perceptions of their organizations on organizational learning, adult learning and organizational change effectiveness.

The results of this dissertation were that all hypotheses were supported with significant positive correlations between all related constructs, which were adult learning, organizational learning, and organizational change success. All anticipated hypotheses were supported.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Granoff, Tom
Commitee:
School: Pepperdine University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Adult education, Continuing education, Educational psychology, Business education
Keywords: Adult learning, Change, Double loop, Organizational change, Organizational learning, Single loop
Publication Number: 3287749
ISBN: 9780549306955
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