Organizational Learning and Workplace Learning — Similarities and Differences

  • Bente Elkjaer
  • Bjarne Wahlgren


When Zuboff wrote her seminal sentence in 1988 to coin the consequences of the application of information technology in enterprises: ‘Learning is the new form of labour’ (Zuboff, 1988, p. 395), she probably did not anticipate its more general applicability. The publication of Senge’s book on learning organizations (Senge, 1990) as well as the revised publication in 1996 of Argyris and Schön’s work from 1978 on organizational learning, is further evidence of an interest in applying the term ‘learning’ as a lens through which to view organizational life and work (Argyris & Schön, 1978, 1996). Marsick’s edited book, Learning in the Workplace (Marsick, 1987a), Garrick’s (Garrick, 1998) as well as the co-edited book by Boud and Garrick (Boud & Garrick, 1999) on ‘learning at work’ from the late 1990s, are all hallmarks of the interest in research — and practice — on workplace learning.


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