Patterns of learning organisation
in Estonian companies
Tõnis Mets, Made Torokoff
Abstract. Organisational learning is related to
individuals’ behaviour in an organisation, and the organisation’s ability to
respond more effectively to changes in its environment. Organisations
possessing learning capabilities and not just reactive behaviour are considered
to be learning organisations.
ain aim of the paper is to identify
the features of learning organisation (LO) and to evaluate the state of
organisational learning in Estonian production companies. The basic models of
empirical research came from Senge’s five disciplines and Mets’s
three-dimensional learning framework. Altogether the questionnaires of 326
respondents were analysed, 187 of whom identified themselves as workers and 137
as managers. The main idea of the LO in the sample of Estonian production
companies was better represented in the group of “managers” (business owners,
board members, managers, middle managers and specialists), whose perception of
organisational learning (OL) was described by three statistically reliable
factors relevant roughly to organisational learning framework (OLF) model:
internal environment and learning, shared values and main
business process. The workers perception of OL processes was less
differentiated and was limited to two factors related to the internal and
external environment of the company. M
Key words: organisational learning, learning organisation, organisational learning framework
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