Velma Lee, David Smith, Yuh-Jia Chen


Research in the field of organizational and team learning is well documented with several notable theories explaining the components and process. However, after thorough examination of the literature, there is an obvious disconnect between theoretical understanding and organizational application. The focus of this research is to develop an applied framework for team learning and knowledge creation by integrating three currently recognized theoretical models. The three models incorporated are Boisot’s Social Learning Cycle Model (SLC), Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory Model (LSI) and Lee’s Modes of Learning Progression Model (MLP). These three models are selected because they provide the primary dimensions, in tandem, required for the construction of the newly applied framework. This resulting Team Learner Style Quadrant (TLSQ) framework suggests that specific learning styles suits the various stages in the learning process of teams that are charged with different roles for team learning and knowledge creation and can be easily applied to any organization. Finally, propositions of knowledge diffusion are provided for framework validity, providing researchers with a direction for future hypotheses and model development.

Keywords: team learning, organizational learning, learning progression, learner style, knowledge creation, knowledge diffusion.

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