Network learning: episodes of interorganizational learning towards a collective performance goal
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Little is known about learning processes in horizontal networks. This study focuses on networks as learning entities, i.e. learning by multiple organizations as a group, and the mechanisms involved in developing and addressing a network-level performance goal. By using a narrative approach, we gather in-depth primary data from network members to examine: how do firms engage in network learning? and, how is network learning coordinated towards a performance goal in a horizontal inter-firm network? Our findings comprise two learning episodes: ‘learning how to compete’ and ‘learning how to perform’. These episodes help us to understand network learning processes; the relationship between network learning and organizational learning; and the regulatory role a hub firm provides towards a collective performance goal.
CitationGibb, J., Suñe, A., Albers, S. Network learning: episodes of interorganizational learning towards a collective performance goal. "European Management Journal", febrer 2017, vol. 35, núm. 1, p. 15-25