Yesterday, there was a splendid event called 7th Trimo Research Awards, which took place in a magnificent surrounding of Božidar Jakac gallery at Kostanjevica na Krki. And I was part of it, as one of the awardees for The Best PhD dissertation. This is a honour and recognition for me to be able to blend modern scientific findings with practical, down-to-earth situations that companies such are facing. Trimo is in many cases an example of good practices and is rigthly considered to be a learning organization. Desire to grow and develop constantly is deep-rooted in their ‘DNA’ – organizational culture. And they know what it means to set bridges among R&D institutions world-wide and their business. Together we are better, stronger, and faster.
I am proud to announce yet another paper that was accepted for publication in top-notch journal: Pahor, M., Škerlavaj, M., Dimovski, V. (Forthcoming): Evidence Supporting the Network Perspective on Organizational Learning. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Here is the abstract:
The paper provides evidence for the network perspective to organizational learning on the cases of two companies different in size, industry and culture. It builds on an earlier paper that introduced the network perspective to organizational learning and proposes some common traits of the learning networks and tests them with the help of the tools of social network analysis. We find support for the network perspective to organizational learning. There are some traits of the learning network that are common to very different companies, like the fact that learning occurs mainly in clusters. Some other traits depend much on the organizational culture.
JASIST is an international, SCI ranked peer-reviewed journal (2006 IF 1.555) which serves as a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes in general, and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular. Concerns include the generation, recording, distribution, storage, representation, retrieval, and dissemination of information, as well as its social impact and management of information agencies (JASIST, 2008).
As a result of most productive discussions at EURAM track on knowledge and learning networks, we’ve established a Google group. It has such a lovely name (KLean – Knowledge and learning networks) that it would be shame to miss it. It’s aim is to join researchers and practitioners which share common interest of understanding structural, relational, and cognitive aspects of learning and knowledge networks. The idea is to keep everybody updated with research and publication opportunities, collaboration proposals, and publications of our group members. Wellcome to join! Just drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be invited.
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This year, my school is co-hosting European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM). As its’ integral part, this years hit was also our track Intra-organizational Knowledge and Learning Networks, where we are hosting 11 high quality papers that ‘survived’ rigorous double-blind review process.
I am pleased to announce that we’ve just got the note from the Interactive Learning Envinonments editors that the paper Škerlavaj, M., Dimovski, V., Pahor, M., Mrvar, A.: Intra-organizational Learning Networks within Knowledge-intensive Learning Environments is accepted for publication. Below is the abstract, while the full text will be available on-line End of July.
Organizational learning contributes to organizational performance. One research question that remains inadequately explained is how learning occurs. Can it be explained by using the acquisition or participation perspectives? Or is there a need for some other view? This paper suggests that learning networks form an important learning environment for knowledge transfer. A case study of a software development and business consulting company is used to test the network perspective on intra-organizational learning. Both exploratory and confirmatory social network analysis of a learning network within the IT company are used to establish learning patterns within organizations. Learning needs to be seen as both participation in communities of practice and a flow of previously acquired knowledge.
ILE is an international, peer reviewed SSCI ranked journal that publishes “articles on all aspects of the design and use of interactive learning environments in the broadest sense, encompassing environments that support individual learners through to environments that support collaboration amongst groups of learners or co-workers (ILE, 2008)”.
Time management is obviously an issue. Regardless of what is our main profession. That is why I was approached by University of Ljubljana Career center to convey my thoughts on the issue to students of Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Medical Faculty, and today also Faculty of Law and College of Health Care. We might be doing quite different things with our life but still, we face very similar challenges when it comes to time management. Our day only has 24 hours … but so was the case with Einsteins’ day, wasn’t it?