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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 utilize 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.

Future research seminars and workshops 2016/17

Wednesday, 9th 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'. Time: 13:00 to 15:00. Venue: Moore Building, MBS008. All welcome.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017. Research seminar. Speakers: Professor Gerald McGivern and Sonja Behrens, Warwick Business School. Title: `How are hybrid professional-managers affecting institutinalised knowledge practices in health care and higher education'. Time: 13:00 to 15:00. Venue: Moore Building, MBS008. All welcome.

Wednesday 31st 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 events 2016/17

Wednesday, 28th September 2016. KOL Group Meeting, 13:00 - 15:00, MBS008. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, 24th November 2016. Research workshop. Research grant/publication collaborative workshop. Time: 14:00 to 16:00. Venue: Moore Building MBS007 (Open to KOL members only).

Wednesday, 11th January 2017. Doctoral Student Roundtable. An information workshop for doctoral students to present their research and obtain feedback.  Time: 13:00 to 15:00. Venue: Moore Building MBS008. 

February 2017 (date and venue tbc). Research grant/publication collaborative workshop.

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

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Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship

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