The emergent prerequisites of managerial learning in small firm networks

Henrik Florén, Joakim Tell
  • Leadership & Organization Development Journal, April 2004, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/01437730410531083

managerial learning in small firm networks

What is it about?

Descriptive studies have shown that co‐operation in networks produces better possibilities for higher‐level learning than small firms can organise on their own. Previous studies of learning in networks, however, have not considered how the prerequisites for higher‐level learning develop over time in networks. This paper reports on a seven‐year participant observational study of two different network constellations.

Why is it important?

A conclusion from the study is that the learning in networks of small‐firm owner/managers is based on trust and has emergent prerequisites. These prerequisites are reciprocity between learning actors, the learning actors’ receptive and confronting capacity, and the transparency of the dialogue in the networks. Over time these prerequisites develop and create better opportunities for higher‐level learning.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Joakim Tell and Associate Professor Henrik Florén