Comparative study of organizational learning in Slovenia, Croatia, and Malaysia

ESWA coverI’m proud to annouce new SCI indexed publication to be issued in May 2008:

DIMOVSKI Vlado, ŠKERLAVAJ Miha, KIMMAN Mok, HERNAUS Tomislav: Comparative Analysis of the Organisational Learning Process in Slovenia, Croatia, and Malaysia. Expert Systems with Applications, 2008, 34 (4), pp. 3063-3070.

The study compares organizational learning process in 203 Slovenian, 202 Croatian, and 300 large and medium-sized Malaysian companies. The results show that all three countries under scrutiny are closest in terms of behavioural and cognitive changes, meaning that globalisation and other challenges of the modern business environment demand all of them to change and adapt quickly. However, the ways they are coping with these challenges are different. There are more similarities than dissimilarities between Slovenia and Croatia, while this is not the case when comparing both countries to Malaysia. When acquiring information, Slovenian and Croatian companies rely more on internal sources (own employees, past decisions, etc.), while Malaysian companies tend to rely more on external sources and more often have employees dedicated to searching for external information. When trying to interpret the information acquired, Slovenian and Croatian companies rely more on personal contacts, informal team meetings and believe that information given to subordinates must be simple and concise, while Malaysian companies tend to use more formal collective decision-making and written communication to understand the meaning of information.

Here is the full text: ESWA 2008 paper

Sunbelt 2008

Sunbelt 2008Today, I’ve held the talk at THE conference on social networks – Sunbelt 2008, St. Pete Beach, Florida. The conference paper is a result of collaboration with prof. Vlado Dimovski and prof. Emmanuel Lazega and is entitled What leads to effective social learning? It deals with the research question how to boost performance through learning, advice and socializing  networks. For those interested, here is the abstract and the presentation slides.

And few photos as well… 

Conference lobby  Hotel Tradewinds at St. Pete Beach  Vizsards session  Network visualization  And some sandy beaches  Alps from the birds’ perspective

EURAM 2008 – submission due date approaching fast!

EIJM27.1.2008 is D-day! The submission due date for EURAM 2008  conference has been postponed. We invite all social net-workers to participate in the track on Intra-organizational Learning and Knowledge Networks! The selection of best papers will be published in European Journal of International Management

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Organizational learning in Malaysian companies

Malaysian flagMalaysian flagMalaysian flagAs a result of our fruithfull cooperation in researching organizational learning in various international contexts, there is a new publication out just these days:

MOK KIM MAN, Mandy, DIMOVSKI, Vlado, ŠKERLAVAJ, Miha. The organizational learning in Malaysian companies. The business review, Cambridge, 2007, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 112-118.