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Analiza družbenih omrežij kot managersko orodje October 14, 2008

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Objavili smo: Škerlavaj, M., Dimovski, V. (2008) Analiza družbenih omrežij kot managersko orodje. HRM (Ljubl.), okt. 2008, letn. 6, št. 25, str. 6-12.

Članek poudarja pomen poznavanja omrežij znanja in učenja med člani organizacij za uspešnost poslovanja. Izhaja iz predpostavke, da je mogoče tudi neformalna omrežja managirati. V ta namen najprej predstavi analizo družbenih omrežij organizacij kot sodobno orodje managementa. Prikaže tudi nekaj možnosti uporabe analize omrežij v organizacijah, kot so omrežja učenja in prenosa znanja, omrežja ustvarjanja novih idej in podpore pri inoviranju, omrežja odločanja, sodelovanja ipd. Članek podrobneje prikaže omrežja znanja in učenja na nekaj praktičnih primerih vizualizacije in navaja napotke za njihov management.

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Article published in TIBE June 24, 2008

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The SSCI publications just keep on comming! This time it is Hernaus, T., Škerlavaj, M., Dimovski, V. (2008): Relationship between Organisational Learning and Performance: The Case of Croatia, Transformations in Business and Economics, 7(22).

The focus of the paper is on the examination of organisational learning (OL) process and its link with organisational performance (OP) which was determined through operationalised OL and OP constructs. The research involved 202 Croatian companies employing more than 50 people. Besides determining the linkage between organisational learning and organisational performance, the research task was to determine which organisational performance measurement variables are the most and the least important, and even further, to identify the best and the worst predictable OP measurement items for each organisational learning variable. The most important finding of the study is the empirical evidence about exsistence of strong, statistically significant, positive relationship between organisational learning and organisational performance. In another words, organisations with development of their learning processes congruently increase their performance. The research also showed that employees’ measures are the most strongly related with organizational learning process.

Comparison of two learning networks published in JASIST May 21, 2008

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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).

Learning network paper in ILE May 12, 2008

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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)”.   

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