British Army: Linking Learning Systems to Organisational Learning

Research Paper Title

Coping with Knowledge: Organizational Learning in the British Army?

Abstract

This article – based on data that employs interviews conducted with British Army personnel – adopts a social theory of learning in order to examine how both formal and informal learning systems have affected organisational learning within the Army in relation to the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan.

It argues that while the Army has adopted new, or reformed existing, formal learning systems, these have not generated a re-conceptualisation of how to conduct counterinsurgency warfare.

It, furthermore, argues that while informal learning systems have enabled units to improve their pre-deployment preparations, these have created adaptation traps that have acted as barriers to higher-level learning.

Document

Coping with Knowledge, Organizational Learning in the British Army (Catignani, 2014)

Reference

Catignani, S. (2014) Coping with Knowledge: Organizational Learning in the British Army? Journal of Strategic Studies. 37(1), pp.30-64.

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