Designing Organisations to facilitate learning LO6332

Dr Ilfryn Price (
Sat, 30 Mar 1996 11:41:23 -0500

Replying to LO6269 --

Marc Wullings and his colleague set an ambitious question

>How can organizational design be adjusted to facilitate organizational

Two, hopefully practical, suggestions

1. Encourage 'peripheral isolates' - Learning occurs faster in small
populations isolated from prevailing norms.

2. Set a wider environment that encourages sharing. Best example I know is
a bank that pays VP bonuses not on the basis of communal success but on the
basis of others success. If I have a stake in your performance - and vice
versa - we are likely to encourage learning from each other by our

[Fuller theory on this can be developed from Axelrod's investigations into
the evoluion of co-operation.]

Marc - or anyone else. I can supply references to the theory and examples
[not published - no time] if you want to mail me direct.

If Price
The Harrow Partnership
Pewley Fort Guildford UK

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