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The Learning Organization

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2018: 2.37
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 2.35 (Updated Monthly)


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Read these two editorials by the editor Anders Örtenblad:

What does "learning organization" mean? (Volume 25, Issue 3)

Editorial 'Taking "The Learning Organization" into the future' (Volume 24, Issue 1)

Editorial objectives

The Learning Organization is an international journal with a focus on learning organizations and organizational learning. TLO is the only journal uniquely dedicated to the debate, discussion and analysis of learning and knowledge creation from an organizational perspective. 
TLO aims to contribute to the development of high quality research, new insights and challenges to current thinking around the learning organization/organizational learning and provide a platform for research that enhances organizational productivity and/or knowledge development. The journal invites conceptual papers alongside empirical research irrespective of whether a qualitative or quantitative approach is used. We would also like to encourage manuscripts that approach the learning organization/organizational learning from an interpretive or critical approach. However, it is key to the ethos of the journal that all manuscripts include some organizational aspect to 'learning', 'knowing' or 'knowledge creation'.
Unique to The Learning Organization is the 'Implications for Practitioners' section which summarizes the academic debate in the field in an easy-to-digest format for its practitioner audience while offering academic contributors an effective route to demonstrate that their research and theory has real world impact.     

Subject areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Broadening understanding of what the learning organization/organizational learning is
  • Evaluating concepts of the learning organization/organizational learning  
  • Can all organizations learn?
  • What organizations can and cannot learn
  • The path from organization to learning organization
  • Is the learning organization/organizational learning universally applicable?
  • The relevance of the learning organization/organizational learning within different sectors and industries
  • Comparative applications of the learning organization/organizational learning in different global contexts and environments
  • Studying and measuring the learning organization/organizational learning
  • Who is the learning organization/organizational learning for?
  • The effectiveness of the learning organization/organizational learning initiatives
  • The role of the learning organization in other disciplines/fields, for example, knowledge management; corporate social responsibility; equality and diversity; sustainable business

Key journal audiences:

  • Learning organization and organizational learning researchers
  • Researchers and practitioners in management development
  • Change management and development professionals and leadership consultants

Recent Special Issues:

Senge's "The Fifth Discipline" 30th Anniversary (Volume 27, Issue 1) - Guest Editor: Anders R. Örtenblad. Thirty years ago, Peter Senge's book The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization was published. It only seemed right to dedicate a special issue to this important volume, without which, this journal might not even exist.

Entrepreneurial Learning: new insights (Volume 26, Issue 6) - Guest Editor: Tommy Høyvarde Clausen. Merging "entrepreneurial" and "learning" together results in a new construct - "entrepreneurial learning". Therefore, it becomes important to reflect over its nature, conceptual domain and clarity. The six articles chosen for this special issue provide new insights about entrepreneurial learning, each in their own distinct way.

Organizational Unlearning: Opportunities and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Volume 26, Issue 5) - Guest Editor: Adrian Klammer, Thomas Grisold, Nhien Nguyen. This special issue is the first attempt to collect, present and discuss interdisciplinary perspectives on organizational unlearning. It presents six original articles that explore unlearning from different perspectives such as psychology, philosophy, arts and management.

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, Emerging Sources Citation Index ESCI (Clarivate Analytics) 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, Technical Education & Training Abstracts, TOC Premier (EBSCO)

This journal is ranked in:

DHB database (Norwegian Ministry of Education), Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) Academic Journal Guide, Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List, AIDEA (Italy), NDS (Norway), The Publication Forum (Finland),  Scopus

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 [email protected] or visit the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection page.

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