The Contribution of Evaluation to Organizational Learning

Exploding the Myth
  • Amanda Gregory


The notion of organizational learning is a popular theme in the evaluation literature (Van der Knaap, 1995; Owen and Lambert, 1995). Whilst, traditionally, this work has been based on a rational-objectivist view, Van der Knaap has recently documented a paradigm shift in evaluation to argumentative-subjectivism. In the light of a discussion of self-producing systems, the argument will be advanced that the shift to argumentative-subjectivism will not promote the effectiveness of evaluation practice. Following a summary review of Stacey’s (1992, 1996) work on chaos and creativity, it will be proposed that the roles of ‘evaluator as judge’, as per rational-objectivism, and ‘evaluator as critic’, as per argumentative-subjectivism, are redundant.


Organizational Learning Chaos Theory Soft System Methodology Policy Theory Autopoietic System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Gregory
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  1. 1.Centre for Systems Research, School of ManagementLincoln University CampusLincolnUK

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