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Communities of practice : fostering learning in the product innovation process

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Paul Hyland, J Karayan, T Sloan
The importance of innovation to the survival of organizations in a turbulent environment has led to greater emphasis on improving the innovation process. The opportunity to do so is enhanced where learning is captured and applied to existing processes, the opportunity exists for improvement in innovation processes. This article presents an analysis of levers (enabling mechanisms) used to foster learning behaviors, and identifies variations between levers used by different occupational clusters. Under study are aspects of occupational culture, and problems associated with examining organizational learning from a single perspective. Although the potential for transferring learning experiences is increased by considering the multiple perspectives of the various communities of practice (e.g., from engineers in one product to the development process to operations managers in the manufacturing process of another product) within organizations, this also triggers a number of potential barriers for the transfer of learning.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

15

Start Page

57

End Page

66

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

1548-2235

Location

United States

Publisher

California State Polytechnic University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Central Queensland University; University of Western Sydney, Macarthur;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of interdisciplinary studies.

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