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Does double loop learning create reliable knowledge?

Blackman, Deborah ; Connelly, James; Henderson, Steven


Deborah Blackman

Steven Henderson


This paper addresses doubts concerning the reliability of knowledge being created by double loop learning processes. Popper's ontological worlds are used to explore the philosophical basis of the way that individual experiences are turned into organisational knowledge, and such knowledge is used to generate organisational learning. The paper suggests that double loop learning may frequently create mistakes and fail to detect possible interesting lines of thought. Popper's work is used to suggest some solutions and an elaboration of the double loop learning process, but ultimately effective organisational learning is shown to depend on the undertaking of an epistemological burden by individuals above and beyond what is usually explicated in prescriptions for learning organisation and knowledge management.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004
Journal Learning organization
Print ISSN 0969-6474
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 11-27
APA6 Citation Blackman, D., Connelly, J., & Henderson, S. (2004). Does double loop learning create reliable knowledge?. Learning Organization, The, 11(1), 11-27
Keywords Knowledge management; Learning; Learning organizations
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