Facilitating Organizational Development Through Action Learning & a Framework Integrating Practical and Theoretical Considerations

14 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2003

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Ivo De Loo

Nyenrode Business University

Otmar Donnenberg

Action Learning Consultants

Date Written: December 5, 2003

Abstract

Action learning programs are supposed to result in both personal and organizational development. Recent research indicates however that although more and more programs lead to personal development, organizational development is negligible. This may be caused by the fact that organizational development implies that a connection must be made between what has been learned by action learning participants and other organizational members. We hypothesize that when an organization has repeatedly been involved in action learning, the principles and outcomes of the method can be institutionalized. Thus, the aforementioned connection may be achieved. We find this a valuable interpretation of organizational development. A theoretical framework is laid out that describes how the institutionalization of action learning principles and outcomes may come about. This framework is built around the following concepts: scripts, lean thinking and presencing - the importance of which has been exemplified in various recent action learning applications. We conjecture that it is possible to devise action learning programs that strengthen organizational development from the outset, in which the role of the set advisor is imperative.

Keywords: action learning, organizational development, scripts, presencing, lean

JEL Classification: D23, O31, M29

Suggested Citation

De Loo, Ivo and Donnenberg, Otmar, Facilitating Organizational Development Through Action Learning & a Framework Integrating Practical and Theoretical Considerations (December 5, 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=476942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.476942

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