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Universities as learning organizations: how can Australian universities become learning organizations?

Reece, Philip David (2004) Universities as learning organizations: how can Australian universities become learning organizations? PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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      Abstract

      This thesis examines the research issue of universities as Learning Organization. It examines the research problem of 'How can Australian universities become Learning Organization'? This thesis presents the findings from a qualitative study of two publicly funded universities based in Western Australia, using the convergent interview and multiple case study methodology. The 11 convergent interviews were used to establish the ten key dimensions of what, the researcher considered, are necessary for Australian universities to become Learning Organization. The 32 case studies were then used to confirm or disconfirm these ten key dimensions which are listed below:
      * Leadership
      * Vision
      * Organizational culture
      * Human resource management
      * Role in society
      * Accessibility
      * Resources
      * Innovation and creativity
      * Information Communication Technology
      * Global reach

      Of the ten key dimensions examined some, such as leadership, vision, Human Resource Management and having sufficient resources, were found to be clearly important to Australian universities becoming Learning Organization. While others, such as the global reach of a university and the accessibility to a university, presented with less clear findings, but still remain as part of the overall basis for Australian universities to become Learning Organization. The findings presented in this thesis represent the combined views of 32 staff members of two West Australian universities and provide many meaningful insights to the current state of two contemporary West Australian universities; one noted primarily as a research university and the other as primarily a teaching university. Finally, this thesis presents a model of what Australian universities could be, as Learning Organization.

      Publication Type: Thesis (PhD)
      Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch Business School
      Supervisor: Entrekin, Lanny
      URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/274
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