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The Learning Organization

The Learning Organization

The International Journal of Critical Studies in Organizational Learning

ISSN: 0969-6474

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2016: 1.58
CiteScoreTracker 2017: 1.07 (Updated Monthly)

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Editorial objectives

The Learning Organization aims to engage both practitioners and academics in progressive inquiries and critical dialogue about organizational learning in the neo-millennial age. It encourages work that enhances not just organizational productivity and knowledge development but also nurtures the creation of more fulfilling and equitable work environments for all who make them function.
The Learning Organization aims to contribute to the development of high quality research within the areas of the learning organization and organizational learning. As such, the journal welcomes manuscripts that contribute new insights to the ongoing debate – either directly, or on the basis of research results. Similarly, it welcomes work that initiates new debate in this field, whether current knowledge is confirmed or challenged and no matter if the standpoint taken is critical or mainstream.
The journal invites conceptual papers alongside those based on empirical research -  irrespective of whether a qualitative or quantitative approach is used. The essential aspect is that all manuscripts should include some organizational aspect to ‘learning’ and ‘knowledge creation’.
Unique to The Learning Organization is the ‘Implications for Practitioners’ section contained within each issue, which summarizes the academic debate in the field in an easy-to-digest format – providing time saving benefits for its practitioner audience while offering academic contributors an effective route to demonstrate that their research and theory is relevant to real world scenarios.     


  • Discussion and review of what the learning organization and/or organizational learning is
  • Discussion of the relevance and completeness of the concepts of the learning organization and organizational learning
  • Discussion of whether or not it is possible at all for organizations to learn
  • Discussion of what it takes for organizations to learn and how to go there
  • Discussion of how the learning organization and organizational learning best could be studied
  • Debate on whether or not/to what extent the learning organization and organizational learning are universally applicable 
  • Discussion of the relevance of the learning organization and organizational learning for organizations in different national cultures, religions, industries and sectors
  • Debate on who the learning organization/organizational learning is for
  • Discussion of what organizations can and cannot learn
  • Research into the effectiveness of learning organization/organizational learning initiatives

Key journal audiences:

  • Academics in the areas of the learning organization and organizational learning
  • Academics and professionals in management development
  • Students of the learning organization and organizational learning
  • Senior change management and development professionals and leadership consultants
  • Corporate heads of organization and leadership consultants

The Learning Organization: An International Journal is indexed and abstracted in:

ABI/INFORM, Business Source Alumni Edition/Complete/Government Edition/ Corporate Plus/Elite/Premier, Education Research Complete, Education Source, Emerald Management Reviews, Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management & Marketing, Contents Pages in Education, Current Index to Journals in Education, Ergonomics Abstracts, e-psyche, Human Resource Abstracts, ProQuest, QUALIS, ReadCube Discovery, School Organization and Management Abstracts, Scopus, Technical Education & Training Abstracts, TOC Premier (EBSCO)

This journal is ranked in:

DHB database (Norwegian Ministry of Education), The Publication Forum (Finland), ESCI, ABDC (C ranked), CABS (1 ranking) 

The Learning Organization is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email collections@emeraldinsight.com or visit the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection page.

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This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. More on Emerald's approach is available in our Publication Ethics guidelines.

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