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Knowledge and organisational learning

Sharing Knowledge

Contact email: Professor Alice Lam

The Knowledge and Organisational Learning (KOL) group brings together staff and doctoral students at the School of Management who share a common interest in understanding how organisations learn, create and use knowledge, and respond to the challenges of new technology and globalisation. Our research adopts a cross-disciplinary approach, drawing on the expertise of colleagues from organisation studies and human resource management, technology and information management, innovation studies, and strategic management and international business. The group provides an intellectual space in which staff, students and visiting researchers can work together in a supportive environment. It acts as a link between various collaborative projects and the focus for external engagement with a wide range of academic and non-academic stakeholders.

Current research is organised around the following four themes:

  • Knowledge creation and transfer across boundaries
  • Digital technology, organisation and innovation
  • Globalisation and transnational organisational learning
  • Creative knowledge work, skills development and learning

    The KOL group holds regular seminars, roundtable discussion sessions and thematic workshops to disseminate research results and explore frontier research areas.  

Past events: 2012-132013-142014-15 and 2015-16.

Previous research seminars, workshops and other events 2016/17

Wednesday, 28 September 2016. KOL Group Meeting. 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016. Research seminar. Speaker: Professor Oliver Ibert, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space and Freie Universitat Berlin. Title: `From ignorance to innovation: Serendipitous and purposeful search in creative processes'. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016. Research workshop. Research grant/publication collaborative workshop. Open to KOL members only.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017. Speakers: Professor Gerald McGivern and Sonja Behrens, Warwick Business School. Title: "How are hybrid professional-managers affecting institutionalised knowledge practices in health care and higher education".

Future research seminars, workshops and other events 2016/17

Wednesday 31 May 2017. Research seminar. Speaker: Professor Jennifer Preece, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA. Title: `Characteristics of Successful Online Crowdsourching Communities' (provisional). Time: 13:00 to 15:00. Venue: Moore Building, MBS008. All welcome.

Other future events 2016/17

Thursday, 25 May 2017. Research Away Day - details to follow.

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