Executive learning: a typology

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Millett, Bruce, Mattsson, Jan and Johnston, Robert. 2005. "Executive learning: a typology." International Journal of Organisational Behaviour. 9 (4), pp. 615-631.
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Executive learning: a typology

ERA Journal ID21951
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMillett, Bruce (Author), Mattsson, Jan (Author) and Johnston, Robert (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Organisational Behaviour
Journal Citation9 (4), pp. 615-631
Number of Pages17
Year2005
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISSN1440-5377
Web Address (URL)http://www.usq.edu.au/resources/volume9no4millett.pdf
Abstract

The Enron and Worldcom cases have demonstrated the crucial importance of ethical and effective executive governance. Reviewing the literature on organisational learning and drawing on the model proposed by Lenz (1994) we develop a model of executive learning comprising four distinct types of executive learning: assumption learning, adaptive learning, developmental learning and maintenance learning. These four types were construed based on the idea that executives may find themselves in four separate contexts, namely, in existing or in new relationships/competencies. Each one of these four contexts, we claim, can initiate a different type of learning. This is evidenced by verbatim data from key informants in five case studies of internationalisation of service firms in Sweden, Norway, Australia and the United Kingdom. Finally, we suggest some
implications of the proposed model of executive learning.

Keywordsexecutive learning; organisational learning; assumption learning; adaptive learning; developmental learning; maintenance learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350302. Business information management (incl. records, knowledge and intelligence)
500102. Business ethics
390409. Learning sciences
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Roskilde University, Denmark
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
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