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Project Action Learning (PAL) Guidebook: Practical Learning in Organizations

  • Kris M.Y. Law
  • Kong Bieng Chuah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fundamentals of Organizational Learning and Learning Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kong Bieng Chuah, Kris M. Y. Law
      Pages 3-14
    3. Kris M. Y. Law, Shuang Geng
      Pages 15-24
    4. Kris M. Y. Law, Chris R. Cao
      Pages 25-34
    5. Kris M. Y. Law, Kong Bieng Chuah
      Pages 35-49
  3. Building a Learning Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Kris M. Y. Law, Kong Bieng Chuah
      Pages 53-60
    3. Kris M. Y. Law, Kong Bieng Chuah, Chris R. Cao
      Pages 61-73
    4. Kris M. Y. Law, Shuang Geng
      Pages 75-86
  4. Setting the PAL Driven LO

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. K. F. Kwong, Y. C. Chau
      Pages 89-101
    3. C. K. Cheung
      Pages 103-110
    4. Chris R. Cao, Kris M. Y. Law
      Pages 111-119
    5. Kris M. Y. Law, Shuang Geng
      Pages 121-127
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 135-166

About this book


This book presents the fundamental concepts of organizational learning (OL) and related topics. In addition, it discusses various factors that influence the success of, and readiness to adopt, OL. 

In the modern competitive market, companies are looking for ways to excel by focusing more on innovation and knowledge discovery. In response, the book presents a ready-to-use tool for driving OL, called Project Action Learning (PAL). The PAL framework helps teams effectively work on, and learn from, meaningful projects. In this regard, equal emphasis is placed on achieving the project outcome and the participants’ learning objectives. Moreover, the book offers a step-by-step guidebook on how PAL-driven OL can be achieved, making it a valuable asset for educators and practitioners alike. 


Organizational Learning Project-based Action Learning Organizational Performance Management Innovation in Organizations Organizational Development Teaching PAL to Organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Kris M.Y. Law
    • 1
  • Kong Bieng Chuah
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EngineeringDeakin UniversityDeakinAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Systems EngineeringCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong

About the editors

Dr. Kris Law is currently the Associate Professor in Engineering Management and Education, in the School of Engineering, Deakin University, Australia. She also holds a Docentship (adjunct professorship) in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Oulu University in Finland. 
Dr. Law obtained her PhD in Organization Learning and MPhil in Machining Processes as well a first degree in Industrial Engineering, at the City University of Hong Kong. She undertook a post-doctoral research scholarship in the National Taiwan University on a regional high-tech industry study and took up a visiting researcher position at the Graduate Institute of Industrial Engineering, National Taiwan University (2009-2011). She has also been invited as a visiting scholar in different countries, such as Taiwan, Thailand and Europe (Finland and Slovenia), and also been active as a professional OL consultant promoting project-based action learning (PAL) in high-tech organizations.

Her expertise lies in Organizational Learning and Development (OLD), Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE), Engineering Education, and Smart Industrial Initiatives (SII). She has numerous publications including books, book chapters and journal articles (SCI and SSCI indexed).

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