From Men and Machines to the Organizational Learning Curve

19 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2009

Date Written: November 29, 2009


Learning curves can arise out of routing problems, or out of sequencing problems, or a combination of both. In this paper, learning curves arising out of routing problems are investigated by means of numerical simulations, whereas some properties of the learning curves arising out of sequencing problems are analyzed by means of a computational model.

In both cases, the arousal of organizational learning curves is conceived as the emergence of routines. In both cases, the conditions for this to occur are that (i) there are sufficiently many novel possibilities of arranging the units composing the organization, and that (ii) these units are sufficiently many and sufficiently flexible.

Keywords: Organizational Learning, Routing Problems, Sequencing Problems, Routines

JEL Classification: D29, D85, M11

Suggested Citation

Fioretti, Guido, From Men and Machines to the Organizational Learning Curve (November 29, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Guido Fioretti (Contact Author)

University of Bologna ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
Bologna, 40126

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